January 31, 2018

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Public Safety and Policing in Nightlife Districts
Policing nighttime districts is a constantly evolving operational responsibility for law enforcement globally and requires elected officials, police leaders, business owners, and community members to work together to create and sustain safe, vibrant, and economically prosperous social spaces. To accomplish this critical task and continue to enhance the benefits of nighttime sociability, police departments must recognize the uniqueness of this work and take deliberate action to develop specific policies, procedures, and practices that support the specialized requirements associated with this role.
The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) is a non-profit organization that assists communities in the planning and management of hospitality zones to create vibrant and economically prosperous places to socialize. RHI recently published a guide, Public Safety and Policing in Nightlife Districts (PDF), based upon a decade of research and collection of common practices among police departments throughout the world. It summarizes the results of several interviews with police and civilian practitioners involved in nightlife public safety and policing; a survey of participants from the RHI's Leadership Summits to identify operational tactics and data collection practices; and a review of articles and media accounts relating to nightlife management. The guide is organized into ten sections of nighttime public safety practices:
  • Select appropriate officers based on experience and character
  • Offer incentives to recruit officers who want to work in nightlife
  • Deploy dedicated officers to build trust and promote consistency
  • Provide specialized training on alcohol regulations, crisis intervention, etc.
  • Assign staff to participate in an inter-agency Public Safety Team
  • Develop clear procedures for use of technology (e.g. BWCs, ID Scanners)
  • Apply CPTED and SARA to the nightlife district
  • Collect and assess safety data to make data-driven deployment decisions
  • Be vigilant and proactive in preparation for active shooter and terrorism threats
  • Foster support and compliance rather than enforcement and punishment of businesses
The guide is the second in a series that began with the Sociable City Guide for College Communities , an online, free, and interactive guide that raises awareness about unique nightlife challenges faced by college communities. The next guide in the series will focus on the unique challenges with campus police and changing dynamics of campus/city life and best practices of nightlife venues to reduce intoxication, aggression, and disorderly behavior.
On February 18-20, 2018, RHI will host the 2018 Sociable City Summit in New Orleans. This event is a unique global gathering of influential leaders in urban planning, music, public safety, downtown development, college life, and nighttime management. Attendees will be able to connect with global leaders in nighttime economy management. 

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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence on Campus
Last week, the American College Health Association (ACHA), an organization that advances the health of college students and campus communities through advocacy, education, and research, announced the release of its new toolkit, Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence: A Trauma-Informed Approach (PDF). Historically, ACHA has advocated on a national level for best practices, legislation, and resources to better ensure health and safety for college and university students. In 2014, ACHA developed the Creating Guidance for Addressing Sexual Assault Task Force that implemented a three-phase agenda to develop an updated position statement, guidelines, and a comprehensive toolkit to addresses sexual and relationship violence. Meeting the third agenda item, this toolkit describes a public health model of trauma-informed care and provides guidance on engaging all campus constituents in creating a trauma-informed campus.
Campus investment is key to the success of effective prevention programming and response to sexual and relationship violence. A trauma-informed campus is less likely to have departments and individuals working in silos and more likely to have institution-wide commitment to trauma-informed practices, gender-inclusivity, culturally-relevant victim/survivor-centered care and programming, and a comprehensive and coordinated response to victims/survivors with current or past histories of trauma that includes both on-campus resources and community partners.
"As an association of college health and wellness professionals, it is our goal to help institutions create safe campuses in which all students, faculty, and staff can thrive and succeed," says ACHA's CEO, Devin Jopp, EdD. "ACHA recognizes the importance of providing institutions of higher education with the tools needed to combat sexual violence on campus, and to respond effectively if it happens; and we believe this toolkit will be a tremendous asset for campuses of all types and sizes."
This toolkit can be used as a resource for higher education institutions in developing prevention programming as well as response to incidents of sexual violence experienced by a campus community member. It includes information and guidance on considerations of marginalized and vulnerable populations, using social norms in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence, male involvement in risk reduction, addressing secondary traumatization, self-care strategies, and more. 

For additional resources, browse our online library and use search tags such as "trauma-informed," "prevention," or "sexual assault." 

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Clery Today: Campus Security Authorities
Organization: Clery Center
Date: February 14, 2018 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Disability Awareness for Law Enforcement
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates and Locations:
  • February 20, 2018 in Disputanta, VA
  • February 21, 2018 in Newport News, VA
Fee: Free
Title: 2018 National Conference on Bullying
Organization: School Safety Advocacy Council
Dates: March 7-9, 2018
Location: Reno, NV
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.