August 30, 2017

Friday, September 1, is the first day of National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM), a national observance that first launched in 2008 with unanimous support from Congress. Led by the Clery Center, this year's campaign theme,  Take the First Step , focuses on providing guidance or "first steps" to addressing many common campus safety issues and how to approach these challenges.
Clery Center partners with institutions of higher education as well as businesses and organizations that offer campus safety and security resources, programming, and information to support NCSAM. This year, the Clery Center assembled a variety of resources including a 2017 social media toolkit (PDF), a list of recommended organizations, and items to share with your community. Visitors can also register for any of the four free webinars offered throughout the month from 12-1:30 PM ET. These include:  
  • Thursday, Sept. 7: Building Clery/Title IX Reporting Structures
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13: Understanding the Basics (of Clery Act compliance)
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: Training Campus Safety Professionals
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26: Campus Sexual Violence: Student Rights, University Responsibilities, and Legal Liability Pursuant to the Clery Act and Title IX
Clery Center collaborated with Allied Universal to develop five brief training videos to use during roll call or other training opportunities for campus public safety staff. These videos cover trauma-informed response, Clery Act and CSAs, sexual violence, communicating with the campus community, and the important role of campus safety officers within the campus community.
Additional resources on the Clery Center's NCSAM website include an overview of the major components of the Clery Act requirements, reporting flowcharts, sample prevention programming plans, the most recent edition of The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, final regulations for the most recent VAWA amendments to the Clery Act, information on National Hazing Prevention Week, and more.
Use the official hashtags, #NCSAM2017 and #FirstStep, in your social media messages all month long or simply follow the conversation to learn more. 

Register now!
Free Webinar on Physical Security
Join us for the next webinar in our  Campus Public Safety Online series, Building and Assessing Your Physical Security Program . On
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 2 PM ET we welcome Dan Pascale, managing director of Margolis Healy, to discuss building a comprehensive physical security program and assessing current capabilities beyond the use of cameras and electronic access control systems. This includes using crime prevention through environmental design practices to identify appropriate territorial reinforcement, campus lighting needs and deficiencies, use of way-finding signage, and community engagement. Dan will explore the interrelationships amongst people, policy, and technology, and how each of these plays an equally important role in creating safer campuses. 

The totality of this information is used to compare your current state of security against best and promising practices, and to identify gaps and opportunities to make reasonable enhancements. Dan will also discuss the importance of sustainability, changes in technology, and the need to replace equipment at the end of its life.   Register today to reserve your seat!

Ambush Attacks Against Law Enforcement

The VALOR Program launched their latest  Spotlight on Safety: Ambush Attacks Against Law Enforcement: Safety and Prevention Strategies. It offers practical information for law enforcement, including campus police, to protect and defend themselves from ambush-style attacks. Resources include an article, printable posters, online training, a podcast, and a webinar.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) report, Ambushes of Police: Environment, Incident Dynamics, and the Aftermath of Surprise Attacks Against Law Enforcement (PDF), provides a comprehensive look at the nature of ambush attacks perpetrated against law enforcement officers in the U.S. since 1990. The report details findings from four inquiries on the topic:
  • A series of focus groups with police leaders to discuss ambushes, including definitional issues, preparation and protection strategies, and recovery after ambush incidents.
  • A quantitative analysis of environmental (agency and jurisdictional) characteristics associated with increases in the number of ambushes experienced by agencies over a five-year period.
  • A quantitative analysis of ambush incident survivability rates associated with officer, suspect, and incident characteristics.
  • A qualitative and quantitative analysis of organizational learning in the wake of ambush incidents based on survey data collected as part of this study.
This report represents the first substantive research in 30 years focused on civilian ambush attacks on police and presents recommendations for next steps and additional research.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police and COPS Office developed the Ambush Fact Sheet (PDF) as part of an initiative to build knowledge on the topic of ambush assaults against law enforcement. It presents descriptive findings from the FBI's Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in the Line of Duty data collection program. The fact sheet includes classifications of ambush attacks, incident trends, as well as overviews of agency, victim, and perpetrator data, weapons used in ambushes, and survivability and clearance rates.

Download the report.
In Case You Missed It! Report on Campus Carry Now Available
As a result of expanded state legislation across the U.S. permitting the carrying of concealed handguns on college and university campuses, many institutions have been required to develop concealed carry policies that meet the mandates of state laws. To identify and explain critical components and considerations in developing and implementing a policy for carrying concealed handguns on campus, the NCCPS convened a forum of campus public safety executives, federal officials, and subject matter experts on the issue. During the forum, participants identified eight critical factors in the development and implementation of a campus concealed carry policy. 
The resulting forum report,  Policy Development and Implementation of Legislation Permitting the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on College and University Campuses: Promising Practices  (PDF), serves as a resource for colleges and universities in need of developing campus carry policies and procedures consistent with state laws.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title:  First Step: Understanding the Basics (of Clery compliance)
Organization: Clery Center
Date: September 12, 2017 at 12:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title: 27th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference
Organization: University of Vermont
Dates: October 9-11, 2017
Location: Burlington, VT
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses (AWR-332)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: October 11, 2017
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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.