December 5, 2018

New Exercise Starter Kits Available for Active Shooter Incidents

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) released new exercise starter kits (ESK) for the K-12 academic community as part of the Campus Resilience Program. OAE previously released ESKs for the higher education community in June 2018. The ESKs are self-conducted tabletop exercises (TTX) that include a set of scalable tools to help K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) test existing emergency plans, protocols, and procedures while also strengthening preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
Each ESK includes the following customizable templates:
  • An exercise conduct briefing for presentation during the TTX
  • A situation manual to provide background information on the TTX, scenario content, as well as discussion questions for participants
  • A facilitator guide for assisting facilitators in delivering the TTX
  • A participant feedback form for players to provide candid feedback on the TTX
  • An after-action report for summarizing key strengths and areas for improvement following the TTX
Three ESKs are currently available: active shooter (for K-12 and IHEs); cyberbreaches (IHEs only); and hurricanes (IHEs only). The active shooter ESK is broken down into three levels for K-12 - elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school. The materials within each ESK have been designed in a modular format and can be completed over a single session or completed in individual modules based on each school's or IHE's availability.
All ESKs are available at no charge to members of the academic community. If you would like to request one or more of the K-12 ESKs, please use this request form. Members of any IHE are asked to fill out this request form and indicate which ESKs they are interested in receiving. For additional information or questions, please contact the OAE.

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January 2019 Webinar Registration Now Open
We are pleased to announce the first 2019 offering of our free monthly webinar series,  C ampus Public Safety Online . The Importance of Learning from Averted and Completed School Attacks , a 90-minute webinar, will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 2 PM ET, and will feature three guest presenters: The National Police Foundation's (NPF) Project Director Dr. Frank Straub; International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators(IACLEA) Director of Government and External Relations Jeff Allison; and Executive Director and Founder of the Koshka Foundation Kristina Anderson.
Frank and Jeff will provide an overview of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)-funded Averted School Violence (ASV) database and its application to higher education. The database is a free resource for those who play a role in school safety across the country at both the K-12 and higher education levels. The ASV database is used to collect, analyze, and share information on both averted and completed acts of violence in schools that have occurred post-Columbine. Frank will share key findings from the ASV database and from an NPF study that compared averted incidents of school violence to completed incidents. Kristina, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor, will share lessons learned from the Virginia Tech shooting. Her powerful story, including insight about threat assessment and other key areas of violence prevention, are valuable for anyone involved in campus safety.
This webinar is appropriate for those working in senior campus administration, campus safety and security, emergency management, law enforcement, threat assessment, residential life, student conduct & affairs, international education, victim/advocacy services, and mental health and counseling services as well as Title IX coordinators and legal counsel.
For more information and to register, please visit our website.

Terrorism Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism Research Library
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) mission is to enable effective, efficient, and secure operations across all homeland security missions by applying scientific, engineering, analytic, and innovative approaches to deliver timely solutions and support departmental acquisitions. Created by Congress in 2003, S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing, and evaluation activities relevant to DHS. To counter the continually growing and changing threat of violent extremism, S&T developed a free and publicly accessible research findings dashboard that hosts more than 1,500 catalogued terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism (CVE) research documents.
"The information available in the dashboard will be particularly useful for our state and local stakeholders working on local terrorism prevention initiatives," said S&T Program Manager Kathleen Deloughery. "It streamlines access to peer-reviewed and methodologically sound research, so government partners, academics and interested members of the public can develop a sound evidence base in the field of terrorism prevention for what works, what doesn't and why."
To develop this capability, S&T reviewed CVE articles published in peer-reviewed journals on CVE research and evaluations of CVE programs. Queries focused on major CVE concepts such as diversion, mitigation, resilience, program evaluations, transferrable programs, and international programs.
The research findings dashboard is hosted on Mendeley, a free and publicly accessible application that allows you to store, share, publish, and find research data. S&T created instructions  for creating a Mendeley account and accessing the dashboard. Mendeley offers both a downloadable desktop application and a web-based mode. Articles in the dashboard are searchable by title, author, abstract, keywords, and themes and may be coded under multiple topics. For example, an article about a diversion program in the United Kingdom would be coded under diversion programs and international programs.
For additional information on terrorism prevention, visit S&T's webpage .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Introduction to the Inductive Interview System
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse
Date: January 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: 2019 NASPA Strategies Conferences
Organization: NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Dates: January 17-19, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Active Shooter Level I Train-The-Trainer
Organization: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
Dates: February 11-15, 2019
Location: Tullahoma, TN
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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