April 13,

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Your source for the latest tips, information, and current campus safety resources from the NCCPS.                       
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Free Training and Technical Assistance for Public Safety Agencies
The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) is a training and technical assistance (TTA) resource for public safety agencies, including campus safety/law enforcement, and others working within the criminal justice field. The NTTAC helps agencies achieve safer communities by offering free services on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, adjudication, counter-terrorism, crime prevention, mental health, substance abuse, and tribal justice. Campus public safety agencies may utilize NTTAC's services for implementing evidence-based programs, curriculum development, data analysis, onsite and distance learning training, research information requests, and more.
Two of NTTAC's key initiatives are:
  • National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit - a comprehensive clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program in an effort to strengthen community trust and confidence in the justice system and improve officer and community safety. This free and easy-to-use online resource consolidates and translates the growing body of knowledge about body-worn camera programs and technology.
  • Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit - a clearinghouse of resources to support law enforcement agencies in establishing a naloxone program. The toolkit provides information on naloxone, as well as sample documents and customizable templates, such as data collection forms, standard operating procedures, training materials, press releases, community outreach materials, and memoranda of agreement (MOA) between first responders and medical directors.
In addition to NTTAC's standard services areas, new TTA initiatives include  Crime Analysis on Demand (PDF), Assisting Communities in Preventing and Deterring Crime Using the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Approach, Training for Law Enforcement, and Community Corrections Agencies.
Any individual who works within the criminal justice field and has an identified need for TTA support may submit requests through an online application form, after creating a free account . Requestors may include campus public safety professionals; representatives from state, local, and tribal governments; individuals from non-profit organizations; elected officials; and citizen advocates. There are no limits to the number of TTA applications an organization can submit. Visit the NTTAC website to access tools and information for TTA requestors, webinars , BJA publications and links to other federal resources . If you have any questions, you may contact the NTTAC by phone, 855-252-8822, or email .
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There's Still Time to Register for Our Next Free Webinar!
You have until  Friday, April 15th to register for  Sexual Assault: Courageous Conversations and Bystander Intervention , the next webinar in our  Campus Public Safety Online and Sexual Assault Awareness Month series.
On April 19, 2016 at 2 PM, Thomas R. Tremblay, retired Burlington, VT police chief and nationally recognized subject matter expert, will be joining us to advocate for having "courageous community conversations." This webinar is a call to action, encouraging listeners to be leaders in sexual assault awareness and prevention by standing up, speaking out, and engaging in courageous conversations that will make a difference. Learn more  about this timely topic and register today!
Engaging Gun Shop Owners in Preventing Mass Shootings and Suicides
Part 1: Preventing Mass Shootings
Gun shop owners may be the next line of defense in nationwide efforts to stop mass shootings and suicides. Though this seems an unorthodox and possibly contradictory approach to solving gun-related deaths in the U.S., a recent incident in Ohio and a program launched in 2011 aim to change both the attitudes of shop owners and the perceptions of the public.
On March 21, 2016, gun shop owner John Downs made a decision at his Logan, Ohio store that police believe likely prevented a possible mass shooting at Ohio University (OU) in Athens. James Howard, a 25-year old who had withdrawn from his classes at OU earlier that day, stopped into Downs' Bait & Guns store looking to purchase a gun. Although he passed the background check, Downs said, "Just the look in his eye...there was something about him. I don't know. You really can't explain it. He was going to do something. He was going to do something."
It was that look and the feeling Downs had that led him to deny Howard the purchase of a gun or ammunition. Howard left but returned later. Downs locked his store door, hid his customers in a back room, and asked one to call 911. Howard was picked up a short time later at a nearby Walmart with a gun in the backseat of his car and almost 50 rounds of 20-gauge shot gun shell ammunition ready to purchase. The Athens County prosecutor stated, "Howard was found in possession of a firearm while allegedly being drug dependent or in danger of becoming drug dependent. The firearm was purchased after he allegedly made a false statement on his background check form." Howard also has a history of mental health issues and is being held on $125,000 bond.
According to Dr. Gene Deisinger, Managing Partner for Sigma Threat Management Associates and retired Deputy Chief of Police and Director of Threat Management Services at Virginia Tech University, a number of colleges and universities across the country routinely engage with local gun store owners as part of their overall threat management strategy. After this latest incident, it wouldn't be unreasonable to anticipate more reaching out to local stores to increase engagement and potential partnerships.

Part 2: Preventing Suicides is available on our website.
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Sports and Special Events Incident Management (MGT-404)
Host: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Dates and Locations:
  • April 19-20, 2016 in Chattanooga, TN
  • May 3-4, 2016 in Cape Girardeau, MO
  • June 28-29, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ
Fee: Free

Title: 2016 CIT Conference
Host: CIT International
Dates: April 25-27, 2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Recruiting and Hiring for Law Enforcement
Host: Public Agency Training Council (PATC)
Dates: April 27-29, 2016
Location: Bluffton, SC
Fee: Registration Fee
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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