July 19, 2017

Visit the DEA's Campus Drug Prevention website.
New DEA Website Targeting College Drug Use
Last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched a new website, Campus Drug Prevention, in an effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on college and university campuses and in surrounding communities. Campus safety, student affairs, and other professionals working to prevent drug abuse among students can use this website to find prevention and intervention resources to aid their efforts.
"We must talk to folks about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse, and base those conversations on facts and science," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "With this website, we put valuable information in the hands of higher education leaders who can use it to enlighten, teach, and change the culture." The website provides data, news updates, federal drug scheduling and penalties, publications, research, national and statewide conferences and events, state and local prevention contacts, and resources available from DEA's partners. It also includes state and local contact information for DEA offices across the nation, as well as information on how to help a friend that can educate and prepare those planning to talk to their friends or loved ones about drug use concerns.
Visit  www.campusdrugprevention.gov for more information and to receive updates on campus drug prevention efforts and resources.

Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017
For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will cross the country, coast-to-coast, on Monday, August 21, 2017. According to NASA, the total solar eclipse begins near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:15 AM PDT (1:15 PM EDT) and ends in its totality by 2:48 PM EDT near Charleston, South Carolina, taking approximately one hour and 40 minutes to cross the country. You can view NASA's video of the solar eclipse path.
Since early 2017, communities, state emergency management (EM) agencies, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education have been working on preparations for the solar eclipse and an anticipated influx of visitors to specific areas that are considered prime viewing locations. Many are planning festivals, observation parties, research opportunities, and other activities to celebrate the occasion. As with any type of large event, emergency operation plans and procedures must be in place well before the date arrives.
Clemson University in South Carolina is one of the prime locations for viewing the total eclipse. The University anticipates crowds of 35,000 and above coming to campus for the event. In preparation and given the variability of actual attendance, Clemson's EM team has been working with multiple departments to prepare for the high volume of visitors coming to campus only two days before classes begin for the 2017-18 academic year. This includes coordinating with the Campus Police, Parking and Transportation Services Department, Campus Fire Department and EMS Services. Clemson's Deputy Emergency Manager Mary Erin Morrissey said that their EM team is in "close communication with the director of emergency management for Pickens County and the event planners have been in communication with the police for the city of Clemson." She noted that an event like this is highly dependent on weather and visibility, therefore, planning for a somewhat unpredictable crowd size is the most challenging part of the preparation process. However, Clemson is ready for any scenario. Clemson has developed a website dedicated to the eclipse, which includes a blog, a countdown clock, calendar of events for August 21, information about safety glasses for eclipse viewing, and more. Similarly, other colleges and universities are planning events, distributing safety glasses to view the solar eclipse, and are providing some level of information on their websites.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety has compiled a list of safe driving, boating, and other important tips for eclipse watchers. The center of the eclipse's path passes diagonally through the state and could impact hundreds of thousands of viewers. These tips are useful to people in other states throughout the country.
The next total solar eclipse will occur in 2024, beginning in Mexico, traveling across the US, and into Canada.

National Institute of Justice Examines Body-Worn Camera Programs and Products
During the last few years, there has been a substantial increase in the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by law enforcement agencies, including those on college and university campuses. Many believe BWCs have the potential benefit of increased legitimacy and accountability for both law enforcement and their communities. There are now over 60 different types of BWCs produced specifically for law enforcement use.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently published an article discussing the outcome of two NIJ-funded studies reviewing BWC product availability and law enforcement agency motivations for their use. The reports from the studies are as follows:
  • A Market Survey on Body Worn Camera Technologies (PDF) presents an overview of the technologies available in 2016 and reports the results of a BWC market survey conducted that year. As a result of the study, the following was revealed: 1) there are many more vendors now that sell BWC products as compared to a previous market survey from 2014; 2) the incorporation by vendors of new technological BWC features prompts the strong need for clear policies; and 3) this is an evolving area of law and some legal issues are currently unclear with regard to BWCs.
  • A Primer on Body Worn Camera Technologies (PDF) provides background context for BWCs; methodology for developing the market survey; compiled results from the market survey; and a summary of the information found in A Market Survey on Body Worn Camera Technologies. It also includes policy, training, and other considerations for implementing BWCs. 
These two reports update the information provided in two earlier reports developed with funding by NIJ:  A Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement (PDF) and  Body-Worn Cameras for Criminal Justice: Market Survey (PDF). All of these studies are part of NIJ's ongoing research on BWCs.
Additional information and resources on BWCs can be located in our online library using the search tag  body worn cameras .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence
Organization: International Association of Forensic Nurses
Date: August 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title: Negotiating with Special Populations   
Organization: Institute of Police Technology and Management
Dates: October 2-6, 2017
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Fee: Registration fee
Title: 2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education
Organization: DHS
Dates: October 10-11, 2017
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Fee: Free

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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.