April 12,

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Free Customizable Online Training in Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
The State University of New York (SUNY), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), launched an online training system, Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course (SPARC), to assist colleges and universities in training students and staff in the prevention of sexual, interpersonal, and related violence. The project launched on April 4, 2017, on the sixth year anniversary of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter (PDF) on sexual violence and is  free for all colleges and universities , not just SUNY and CUNY.
Rather than a static video with one-size-fits-all content, this system allows and even demands customization and personalization by colleges, enabling students, faculty, staff, and institutional leaders to train each other. Once institutions develop their own modules, they can be shared with other participating institutions. Training videos recorded by the University at Albany are now available to view.
The SPARC training system was built with the course development software, Articulate Storyline, and designed to run as a course in Blackboard or implemented in another learning management system. It has the ability to communicate with Banner or PeopleSoft for tracking of course completion. Articulate has a 30-day trial that you can download before purchase.
A SPARC how-to webinar series is now available to view. The first webinar introduces the training and explains the process and how to participate. The second how-to webinar provides further details about the system and displays some of the training content.
There are currently more than 250 participants from 35 states and 2 Canadian provinces participating in the SPARC training system. As this resource develops, interested institutions may  register to participate and receive information, toolkit/instructions, and content as it becomes available. For specific questions, please send an email to SPARC Project Coordinator Joseph Storch.

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Free Webinar on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is an approach to deterring crime through environmental design and creating a safer physical and built environment. This includes buildings, roads, parking lots, lighting, access control, maintenance, windows, entrances, signage, landscaping, sidewalks, and more. In the modern world, deterring crime and countering violent extremism requires a comprehensive approach. CPTED is about designing for safety and acts as a "force multiplier."
Join us for our next free  Campus Public Safety Online webinar, Designing Safety on Higher Ed Campuses: A CPTED Primer . On  Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00AM ET , we welcome Santa Fe College Police Chief Ed Book (PDF) and Aventura City Crime Prevention Coordinator Ernie Long (PDF) to explore simple CPTED strategies to make campuses safer and more secure. CPTED examples will be included.
Attendance is free but registration is required. Register now to hold your seat!

Visit the One Mind Campaign web page.
The IACP's One Mind Campaign
The International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP) One Mind Campaign was developed to ensure "successful interactions between police officers and persons affected by mental illness." Law enforcement agencies can join the campaign by taking the pledge and accepting the One Mind Challenge. By doing so, agencies have committed to the implementation of four promising practices over a 12-36 month time frame and become publicly recognized for their serious commitment to change. To date, nearly 75 agencies have taken the challenge, including campus police departments such as Georgia State University, Northwestern University, University of Vermont, and University of Buffalo.
Agencies commit to enacting the following four strategies as part of the challenge:
  1. Establish a clearly defined and sustainable partnership with one or more community mental health organization(s).
  2. Develop and implement a model policy addressing police response to persons affected by mental illness.
  3. Train and certify 100 percent of your agency's sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff, such as dispatchers) in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety.
  4. Provide Crisis Intervention Team training to a minimum of 20 percent of your agency's sworn officers (and selected non-sworn staff, such as dispatchers). 
The IACP provides resources to help agencies complete the four promising practices with the understanding that each agency will have different budget constraints for training and implementation strategies will vary.
  • Partnerships: Establishing partnerships with mental health providers benefits both the agency and the community it serves by facilitating more effective response to calls for service, improving outcomes for people affected by mental illness, and advancing public safety. The Bureau of Justice Assistance's Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit is an interactive website that helps connect agencies and providers.
  • Policy: The IACP issued a revised Model Policy on Responding to Persons Affected by Mental Illness or in Crisis (PDF), which highlights the unique challenges officers face in these situations and provides guidance, techniques, and resources so that police officers can effectively respond. An additional concepts and issues paper, Responding to Persons Affected by Mental Illness or In Crisis (PDF), was developed to assist police executives tailor the model policy to their agency.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training: This training is an eight-hour course focused on mental illnesses and addictions that also provides law enforcement with effective response options to de-escalate incidents without compromising safety. Find a course near you.
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International: The CIT program is a collaborative initiative between law enforcement officers and mental health experts who jointly provide crisis intervention for persons affected by mental illness, and who focus on diversion and treatment over arrest and incarceration. Visit CIT International for more information or to find a course.
One publication for all agencies to utilize, whether they take the pledge, is a report from the March 2016 IACP Symposium,  Improving Police Response to Persons Affected by Mental Illness (PDF). The report highlights the fact that officers are often faced with assuming multiple roles that include officer, social worker, and community support when responding to persons with mental illness or in crisis. Officers may lack clarity on policy direction and training to serve this population. The effects of this are far-reaching and impact community and law enforcement trust. Interactions between police officers and persons affected by mental illness can also lead to the injury or fatality of either party or to another community member. This publication explains the history and depth of the issue as well as promising programs and services that law enforcement agencies have successfully implemented in response to persons with mental illness.
For additional questions about the One Mind Campaign, contact the IACP

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange Training
Organization: Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association
Date: May 15, 2017
Location: Lancaster, PA
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Advanced Threat Assessment Training
Organization: SIGMA Threat Management Associates
Date: May 16, 2017
Location: Alexandria, VA
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Academic Adversity - An Active Shooter Response Tabletop Exercise
Organization: Disaster Resistant Communities Group
Date: May 17, 2017
Location: Online
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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