January 27, 2016
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Campus Law Enforcement Fellowship Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) is the federal government lead for sharing information and intelligence with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments and the private sector. I&A accomplishes its mission, "to equip the Homeland Security Enterprise with the intelligence and information it needs to keep the homeland safe, secure, and resilient," through four strategic goals: 1) promote understanding of threats through intelligence analysis, 2) collect information an intelligence pertinent to homeland security, 3) share information necessary for action, and 4) manage intelligence for the Homeland Security Enterprise. 

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis would like to bring a campus law enforcement officer into their police fellowship program. The I&A Fellows Program furthers DHS's mission for information and intelligence sharing by bringing talent and expertise from the field to I&A. Through cross-training opportunities in I&A and practical experience in the field, DHS and SLTT entities can enhance and build partnerships to ensure that:
  • threat information from the Intelligence Community gets to SLTT and private sector partners consistently and effectively,
  • information and intelligence developed by SLTT and private sector partners is collected and made available to the Intelligence Community, and
  • I&A, along with their Intelligence Enterprise partners, works to turn the data that DHS collects everyday into predictive intelligence that informs partners of threat at all levels. 
"This fellowship is available for current sworn law enforcement officers in a mid- to senior level position from a campus public safety agency that possess a working knowledge of the terrorism and homeland security information needs of the national campus public safety community." 

For more information on the program please view the fact sheet (PDF) or contact Gabrielle Parada, External Liaison Manager, via phone, (202) 447-3591, or e-mail .
Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report (PDF)
Department of Justice Releases Campus Climate Survey Report
 
On January 20, 2016, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), released the results of a campus climate survey that collected data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students from nine pilot schools during the 2014-15 academic year. The report, Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report, provides a thorough explanation of the data collection methodology, including school recruitment and student sampling, as well as data assessment and weighting. The climate survey itself addressed the topic areas of: 1) sexual assault, rape, and battery, 2) sexual harassment and coercion, 3) intimate partner violence victimization, 4) sexual harassment and sexual assault perpetration, and 5) school connectedness and campus climate.

Head of the Civil Rights Division (OCR), Vanita Gupta, wrote a blog post on January 25 th emphasizing the important role OCR continues to play "enforcing Title IX to ensure that colleges and universities receiving federal funding protect students from sexual assault before it occurs, guarantee a fair and equitable investigative process for all parties and support victims during the investigation and resolution of complaints." 

The results of the new BJS study confirm many previous campus climate studies;
  • An average of 21% of females confirmed they had experienced sexual assault since entering college.
  • First year female undergraduates reported the highest number of sexual assault incidents, particularly in September and October (2014), known to many as "the Red Zone."
  • The majority of incidents (including rape and sexual battery, 64% and 68%, respectively) were disclosed to a friend, roommate, or family member. However, official reporting was much lower. Only 12.5% of rape and 4.3% of sexual battery incidents were reported to any official (this includes campus officials, crisis hotlines, campus police/security, and local law enforcement).
  • The impact for victims of rape is far-reaching. For 21.7% of rape incidents, the victim "thought about taking some time off from school, transferring, or dropping out." For 8.4%, the victim dropped classes or changed her schedule, while 11.4% wanted to change her schedule or drop classes.
It's important to note the differences between each school and how the prevalence of sexual assault between schools may differ. The rate of sexual assault at one school was nearly five times higher than the lowest school. How a school responds to sexual assault, with training, prevention, education, and other proactive practices may be making a difference.
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title:   Law Enforcement First Responder Training Program
Hosted by:   Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
Dates: February 9-11, 2016
Location:   Kennewick, WA
Fee: Free
 
Title:   Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Training
Hosted by:   International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Dates: February 10-11, 2016
Location:   Little Rock, AR 
Fee: Free
 
Title: Talking with Survivors about Privacy, Releases and Choices
Hosted by:   Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
Date: February 18, 2016 at 2:00pm CT
Location: Online
Fee: Free
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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