December 26, 2018

NCCPS Year in Review
The coming of the new year often makes us think ahead to the future. We may set goals or resolutions, determine what we want to accomplish, or identify areas in our work and personal lives we can improve upon. It's also a time of reflection on the past year, what went well and what didn't, and whether or not we met our goals. At the National Center for Campus Public Safety we have a vision of safer and stronger campus communities. Our mission is to provide useful resources and information to support safer campus communities. In looking back at 2018, and considering our progress in achieving our mission, we'd like to share with you some of our accomplishments that may be most helpful in your campus safety efforts. 
Campus Public Safety Online In 2018, we celebrated three years of Campus Public Safety Online, our free webinar series, which launched in May 2015. Over the years we have hosted 31 webinars, 6 in 2018, featuring national experts addressing topics of interest to the higher education community including campus threat assessment teams, hazing prevention, human trafficking, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center, and handling threats and other disturbing behavior on campus.
The overall satisfaction rating for all 31 webinars is 97 percent, with participants who completed an evaluation survey reporting their satisfaction level as very satisfied or satisfied. We value participant feedback and in response to requests for advanced webinar opportunities, we offered our first 90-minute webinar, Next Steps for Campus Threat Assessment , in November 2018. We have another more in-depth webinar scheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019 on The Importance of Learning from Averted and Completed School Attacks .
Webinar registration, closed-captioned archived recordings, presentation slides, and links to relevant resources are available through our website .
Emerging Issues Forums : It is essential to campus safety efforts that there be a vehicle for identifying, in concert with campus executives, emerging public safety and emergency management challenges and potential solutions. To this end, we facilitate emerging issues forums to convene subject matter experts, practitioners, relevant professional association members, and government agency representatives to devise consensus strategies for successfully addressing identified challenges in specific topic areas. Key takeaways and conclusions from the forum discussions are presented in the following reports released in 2018:
In total, we have co-hosted 27 emerging issues forums with a total of 567 participants; 433 participants completed an evaluation. Of those, 99% of respondents rated their satisfaction with the forum as very satisfied or satisfied.
We look forward to w orking with campus professionals and other groups to facilitate additional emerging issues forums on important and timely campus public safety topics.
Virtual Professional Development (VPD) initiative
In September 2018, we proudly announced the availability of our new VPD initia tive that will be offered at no cost to participants. VPD was developed in response to an identified need through discussions in the field with public safety officials and industry experts.  Our stakeholders indicate that their training budgets are in decline, yet their departments are required to meet increasing expectations and be more creative to achieve the desired outcome of well-trained staff. 
The Physical Security Education Program  is our first VPD offering. This five-module interactive course is for those working at a beginner level at colleges and universities. The total time needed to complete this course is approximately three hours. In less than two months, 242 people have registered for and 132 people have completed the course. Once registered, participants have 30 days to complete a course and will receive a certificate of completion following a successful post-test. The course currently has a 99 percent satisfaction rating.
We are also delighted to share that in January 2019, our second VPD offering, the Verbal De-Escalation Education Program, will be available online. This course will be beneficial for any employees who have a role that involves managing difficult situations and behaviors.
Our VPD programs are available at no cost to registrants. The cost of developing and delivering these programs is covered by a cooperative agreement with Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
Please visit our website to access our library, calendar of events, archived copies of our electronic publication the Weekly Snapshot, and other resources we've made available to those working in the higher education community.

PERF Police and Immigrant Communities
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PERF Releases New Report on Strengthening Relationships Between Police and Immigrant Communities

On December 10, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) published a new report, Strengthening Relationships between Police and Immigrant Communities in a Complex Political Environment (PDF), with support from the Ford Foundation. In the past few years, immigration enforcement has become a complex issue at all levels. It is at the forefront of the nation's political agenda and news coverage of deportations, travel bans, and family separations have strained relationships between local police and the immigrant communities they serve.
PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler writes, "Police officials report that many immigrants are living in fear and are wary of any contact with law enforcement agencies." Community policing is dependent on a relationship of trust built between police and the communities they serve. Crime victims and witnesses are more likely to report crimes and provide information if that relationship is intact. Immigrant communities need to know that they will not be exploited or targeted for victimization. In response to these growing concerns and challenges, some police departments have taken proactive measures to build trust and strengthen relationships with immigrant communities.
PERF's new report examined multicultural outreach and engagement programs spearheaded by the Seattle (WA) , Washington Police Department; the Herndon, Virginia Police Department; and the Vail and Avon Police Departments in Eagle County, Colorado. This publication outlines a set of programmatic recommendations based on multicultural outreach programs in agencies from various geographic regions, jurisdiction sizes, and levels of available resources. The purpose of this report is to help agencies establish successful outreach and engagement programs, or to improve existing initiatives.
The report provides guidance, or key promising practices, in the following areas:
  1. Establishing trust with immigrant communities is the crucial first step for police agencies interested in conducting outreach or engagement to these communities.
  2. Local police can use programming to build relationships with immigrant communities by being inclusive, accessible, and physically present in their community.
  3. Immigrant communities have unique needs and any educational programming or outreach agencies provide should be responsive to them.
  4. A successful outreach program involves all personnel in a police agency, not just a few, and reaches out to all immigrant community members.
  5. Agencies can look for creative and resourceful means to secure funding for immigrant community outreach if budget and personnel restraints are a concern. 
Wexler emphasizes, "Building trust with immigrant communities is a difficult challenge for many law enforcement agencies. More than ever, police must strive to strengthen relationships with the immigrant communities they serve."
For questions or more information, please contact PERF at (202) 466-7820 or via their website.

Professional Development Opportunities

Make it Work With What You've Got: Maximizing Your Resources for Impactful Programming - Part 2
Organization: State University of New York
Date: January 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: The Importance of Learning from Averted and Completed School Attacks
Organization: National Center for Campus Public Safety
Date: January 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Law Enforcement Response to Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Train the Trainer
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates and Locations:
  • February 4-5, 2019 in Richmond, VA
  • February 6-7, 2019 in Weyers Cave, VA
Fee: Free

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

Virtual Professional Development
Through our Virtual Professional Development initiative, you can access free, online educational opportunities.
Campus Public Safety Online
Learn about our free webinar series, register for upcoming webinars, and view archived recordings on demand.
Emerging Issues Forum Reports
Download, print, and share findings from critical issues forums of campus public safety leaders, subject matter experts, and practitioners.

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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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