December 28,

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Consular Notification on Campus
We are pleased to share the following article with you on the topic of consular notification obligations for law enforcement, including campus law enforcement officers, written by Carmen Hills, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State. Carmen began her work at the U.S. Department of State as a Pathways Intern in the Bureau of Administration in 2010, and is currently a Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs working on Consular Notification and Access Outreach. She has previously been published in State Magazine and holds a master's degree from the George Washington University.
Every day in the United States, law enforcement officers make thousands of arrests as part of the performance of their duties. Most of the arrests are routine- the arresting officer informs the person they are being placed under arrest, makes them aware of any applicable charges they may face, and offers them the right to speak with an attorney if they choose. But let's imagine for a moment you are witnessing the arrest of someone outside of the United States. What would you expect to see? Consider Jill, a student studying abroad in a foreign country. Before classes start, Jill decides to take in some of the country's beautiful scenery by going on a safari ride. In her excitement, she takes out her camera and snaps some photographs. Immediately after taking the photos, she is approached by armed guards who confiscate the camera and place her in handcuffs. She pleads with them to tell her what is going on, but is unable to understand their response because it is spoken in a language she does not speak. As she is being escorted away, she realizes she is half way around the world without the comforts of home, in a foreign country where she is subject to laws and a criminal justice system with which she is unfamiliar. What should she do? Laws vary from country to country, but as a U.S. citizen if you find yourself under arrest abroad, U.S. consular officers can provide assistance if they know you are in need.
Similarly, U.S. law enforcement officers, including campus law enforcement officers, must be aware of the unique consular notification obligation that arises when arresting or detaining foreign nationals in the United States.  Continue reading article...

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Webinar: Findings of the 2016 National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment
Our first free webinar of the new year is around the corner and we are pleased to welcome  André Le Duc , Associate Vice President of Safety and Risk Services and the Chief Resilience Officer of the University of Oregon, who will present the results of the 2016 National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment (PDF). A research team from the University of Oregon Community Service Center conducted research, analyzed results, and provided these findings as part of a study requested and sponsored by the National Center for Campus Public Safety, the Disaster Resilient Universities® Network, and the International Association of Emergency Managers-Universities and Colleges Caucus. In this presentation, André will go over the assessment process in more detail and discuss the five key themes that were identified in relation to emergency management program needs on campus.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:00PM ET. Visit our web page for more information and register by Friday, January 13, 2017 to reserve your seat.  We hope you will join us!

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention month. President Obama released his annual proclamation highlighting the unfortunate reality that the number of traffic crash fatalities caused by impaired driving has recently increased, and "last year, preventable alcohol-related driving fatalities accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "human factors like drunk, drugged, distracted, and drowsy driving account for 94 percent of fatal crashes" and, in 2015, 35,092 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, a 7.2 percent increase over 2014.  
The NHTSA has developed the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. This campaign is being used by states and local communities and can also be used by college and university campus officials. Campaign materials include infographics, videos, and a link to download the SaferRide app and take a pledge to be responsible by not driving while buzzed.
The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC) has noted resources available to help serve victims of impaired driving crimes. The Victim Impact: Listen and Learn curriculum includes a training unit on drunk and impaired driving. In addition, Victim Assistance Training Online includes a module on Impaired Driving. These trainings are offered for free by OVCTTAC.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy is taking steps to highlight the growing problem of drugged driving. Their website includes research studies, information on partner programs, a  teen drugged driving community awareness toolkit (PDF), parts of which can be used by campuses, and links to resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Additional resources to assist with the overall issue of distracted driving are available. Educators and campus officials can find new PSAs and videos on the website, a joint project of the NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Other materials include posters, images, and social media posts.
We can work together to help make our roads safer by educating students and community members about the dangers of impaired driving and the larger issue of distracted driving.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders
Organization: International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
Dates: January 23 - February 3, 2017
Location: Online (self-paced)
Fee: Registration Fee
Title: Climate Adaptation Planning for Emergency Management (AWR-347)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: March 27, 2017
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Fee: Free
Title: Symposium on Traffic Safety
Organization: Institute of Police Technology and Management
Dates: May 15 - 18, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL
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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