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New Communities of Color Toolkit Now Available!
Last week the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), announced the release of a new online toolkit, Bridging the Trust Gap Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color." As this nation continues to grapple with strained relations between law enforcement and communities of color, this toolkit is not only timely but also necessary," said COPS Office Acting Director Russ Washington.
The IACP convened three focus groups of community stakeholders, frontline officers, and law enforcement executives to identify challenges facing law enforcement and the community and to discuss strategies that have been used successfully to develop communities of trust. The resulting toolkit is a collection of promising programs that police, including campus law enforcement, can use for engaging communities of color, defined as people of African, Latino or Hispanic, Native American, Asian, or Pacific Island descent. 
The toolkit is organized into four sections:
  • Policing for Progress: Law enforcement professionals can work with communities of color to build upon trust and understanding, while maintaining the partnerships that address community concerns. This section includes videos, initiatives, and examples of policing for progress from across the country.
  • Steps to Building Trust: This section includes a list of concrete steps that serve as a resource for executives and command-level officers, frontline officers, and community stakeholders to promote communication, partnership, and transparency.
  • Sample Community Surveys: Community surveys can be used to collect information about the public's perception of your law enforcement agency. The sample community surveys provided in this section may be adapted to suit your needs and can assist your agency in determining how to allocate resources and evaluate future needs.
  • IACP and COPS Office Resources: This section of guides, reports, and other resources is meant to provide stakeholders with tools to improve community-police relations and includes such topics as community trust and awareness, internal affairs, immigration, race, and collaboration.
In August 2016, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators requested assistance from the National Center for Public Safety (NCCPS) to create an environment where they could have open, honest, and poignant conversations about race and policing. The NCCPS facilitated a two-day emerging issues forum that involved in-depth discussions between student leaders and their police chiefs/safety directors. The resulting report,  A National Conversation on Police and Community Interactions on HBCU Campuses (PDF), includes an overview of the participants' discussions regarding gaps in perception between students and public safety officials and identifies recommendations to assist in bridging those gaps.
To learn more about the programs, services, and resources available to support community policing, access the complete toolkit online and visit the COPS Office, IACP, and NCCPS websites.

Visit NCADD's website.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) established Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 "to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery." NCADD continues to sponsor Alcohol Awareness Month each April to provide an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery. Affiliates, supporting organizations, colleges and universities, and others who want to help raise awareness can do so through the use of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs, and events in their local communities. The 31st Annual Alcohol Awareness Month Organizer's Guide (PDF) is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing underage drinking. This kit includes:
  • Information about the history and theme
  • Instructions on how to use the Organizer's Guide
  • Samples of the following:
    • Proclamation
    • Media advisory
    • News releases
    • Op-ed newspaper articles
    • Letter to the editor
  • Public service announcement radio scripts
  • Suggested grassroots activities for states, communities, schools, students, colleges, media, religious organizations, and parents
  • Links to additional resources
  • Thoughts on stigma from NCADD's founder, Marty Mann
Alcohol and drug use by young people affects individuals and society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex, and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction. The 2017 Alcohol Awareness Month theme, "Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery," is designed to draw attention to the many opportunities individuals, families, and communities have to help prevent teen alcohol use.
To learn more about Alcohol Awareness Month, and alcohol-related problems in general, visit the NCADD, healthfinder.gov, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

Remembering Virginia Tech Ten Years Later
It's difficult to believe ten years have passed since the tragedy at Virginia Tech. On April 16, 2007, the nation mourned the loss of 32 students and faculty members, family, friends, and loved ones.
Virgi nia Tech will begin remembrance activities on Friday, April 14th  at 7 PM ET with a Performance in Remembrance. The annual 3.2 Mile Run in Remembrance will be held on Saturday, followed by a community picnic, the First Responder Appreciation Day baseball game between Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, and additional athletic events. The lighting of the ceremonial candle takes place at midnight on Sunday and it remains lit for 24 hours. On Sunday at 9:43 AM there is a wreath laying ceremony and a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives at Norris Hall. A 2:30 PM commemoration event will be held at the April 16th Memorial , a semi-circle of 32 engraved Hokie Stones symbolizing each student and faculty member who lost their life. A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 PM and is being organized by a variety of Virginia Tech student organizations.
April 16, 2007 changed the trajectory of campus public safety. In the ten years that have passed, new protocols have been established regarding active threats, threat assessment, campus notification systems, and much more. Following the tragedy, survivors and family members founded the Virginia Tech Victims (VTV) Family Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group with a mission to advocate for stronger K-12 and campus safety by preventing similar tragedies. VTV accomplishes this through education and advocacy; by employing comprehensive educational efforts to expand community and student awareness of campus safety issues; and offering compassion, support, and hope to those affected by violence. VTV has developed, and continues to expand, programs to support and train K-12 and college campus community stakeholders on issues including crisis response, compliance with the Clery Act, compliance with the Violence Against Women Act, and positive practices for school resource officers. Their signature program, 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI), is a free, confidential, self-paced, online self-assessment program that looks at key areas of campus safety. Higher education officials can assess their institutions in nine areas: alcohol and other drugs, campus public safety, emergency management, hazing, mental health, missing students, physical security, sexual violence, and threat assessment.
Virginia Tech survivor, Kristina Anderson, founded The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a nonprofit dedicated to improving campus safety, empowering student activism, and forging connections between survivors and various causes. The Koshka Foundation also partners with law enforcement, in particular campus law enforcement, and first responders to provide educational presentations on surviving an active shooter from a survivor's perspective, and best practices in incorporating lessons learned. Departments and agencies can contact the Koshka Foundation to request a presentation.
Additional resources on related topics can be found in our library by using search tags such as "active shooter," "active threat," and "threat assessment." 

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Professional Development Opportunities
Title: Academic Perspective on Increasing Engagement with Faith-Based Organizations in Disaster Preparedness
Organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Date: April 12, 2017 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free       
Title: Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response (PER-275)
Organization: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training
Dates: May 9-10, 2017
Location: Jonesboro, AR
Fee: Free
Title: Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies Online Training Portal
Organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Date: On-demand Training
Location: Online
Fee: Free

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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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