January 2, 2019

LEAD 2019
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
First observed in 2015, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day takes place on January 9th each year to recognize the great service of law enforcement, including campus police. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all law enforcement professionals for their dedication and service.
You can show your expression of support and gratitude for the more than 900,000 law enforcement officers in America any time of the year by thanking officers for their service, sending a card of support to your local police department or state agency, and sharing positive law enforcement experiences on social media. Visit the National Concerns of Police Survivors  website for more ways to celebrate officers across the country.

Stalking Awareness Month
January is National Stalking Awareness Month
January 2019 marks the 15 th annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. Stalking is prevalent, dangerous, and a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. It can be difficult to investigate, charge, and prosecute in a system designed to respond to singular incidents rather than the series of acts that constitutes stalking. 

Stalking is a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that causes fear. Many stalking victims experience being followed, approached and/or threatened, including through technology. Stalking is a terrifying and psychologically harmful crime in its own right, as well as a predictor of lethality. In 76% of cases of intimate partner femicide, victims were stalked by their partners ( fact sheet PDF).
An initiative of AEquitas, the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) is a comprehensive national resource center that provides nationwide training, technical assistance, and resources to allied professionals, including: victim service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel, judges, corrections, treatment providers, mental health professionals, campus student conduct offices, campus police/security, Title IX offices, and others including U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), OVW grantees, and potential OWV grantees. SPARC ensures first responders and other professionals have the specialized knowledge to identify and respond to the crime of stalking.
SPARC has launched a new website with numerous materials to help spread the word about NSAM. Your community can:
  • Use supplied resources across your social media channels
    • Social media images can be used on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; an additional option is provided to add to email signatures (jpg).
    • Share and retweet daily social media posts from SPARC and use the #NSAM2019 hashtag. Messages and graphics are available for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Distribute posters around campus to bring awareness to stalking and NSAM. Posters are available in black and white (PDF) and color (PDF).
  • Register for the Know It, Name It, Stop It webinar offered on January 8 and January 15 at 2:00 PM ET.
  • Write about NSAM in a newsletter (.docx) or news release (.docx) and share it with your campus community.
  • Recognize members of your campus community who work to prevent and respond to stalking using a certificate of appreciation (PDF).
  • Ask city, county, or state officials to recognize January as National Stalking Awareness Month using this proclamation template (PDF).
  • Schedule a training on your campus with SPARC's ready-to-teach workshops. Download the program that best meets the needs of your community and you'll have access to slides, exercises, and a facilitator's guide with speaker notes.
For more information or questions about SPARC or NSAM, please use the general inquiries email. Please direct more specific questions about technical assistance or training to SPARC's TTA email.

DHS Seeks Partner College or University for 2019 NTTX
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Campus Resilience Program is now seeking a partner college or university to host the  2019 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (NTTX) anticipated to be held in October 2019. The final event date will be dependent on the host institution's schedule and availability.
The 2019 NTTX will be a two-day event, with 450 attendees and staff, and will include a multi-module tabletop exercise, seminar and workshop sessions, and an after-action session. The topic for this year's event will be an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on campus.
If your institution of higher education would like to be considered as a host for this event, please review the specifications and logistics and apply online . Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
DHS recently released the 2018 NTTX Summary Report that highlights the major findings and takeaways. T he 2018 NTTX event took place at the University of Texas at San Antonio and focused on threats of campus disorder during a large event. More than 475 people from 123 colleges and universities across the U.S. attended.
If your college or university has any questions or would like additional information on either the 2018 or 2019 NTTX, please contact  AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Protecting Against Stress & Trauma: Research Lessons for Law Enforcement
Organization: National Institute of Justice
Date: January 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM ET
Location: Washington, DC
Fee: Free
Title: 26th Annual National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation Conference
Organization: National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation
Dates: February 22-24, 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Fee: Registration fee
Title: 2019 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates: March 4-7, 2019
Location: Portsmouth, VA
Fee: Registration fee

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

Virtual Professional Development
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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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