March 15,

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Body Worn Camera Considerations for Gender-Based Violence Incidents
Law enforcement agencies, including campus safety departments, have increasingly started using, or are considering the use of, body-worn cameras (BWCs). These cameras can enhance community trust and contribute to accountability, evidence collection, and transparency. Many departments require activation of BWCs during police-community encounters, but oftentimes there are no specific requirements related to incidents involving gender-based violence (GBV). While BWCs can provide helpful case evidence, it is important to recognize that their use can adversely impact victim safety and privacy, especially during GBV incidents.

Last month, AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women (AEquitas) held a webinar that discussed many of the issues law enforcement, prosecutors, forensic examiners, and other allied professionals must consider when BWCs are used in GBV investigations. The webinar recording is now available for viewing. The presenter, John Wilkinson, describes the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in order to develop effective BWC policies that address victim safety and autonomy. The presenter also addresses issues such as deactivation of a BWC at appropriate points during the investigation, privacy and safety considerations, discovery, redaction, protective orders limiting dissemination, and requests under freedom of information or open records statutes.
This month, AEquitas issued the article, " To Record or Not To Record: Use of Body-Worn Cameras During Police Response to Crimes of Violence Against Women " that examines the pros and cons of BWC use, policy considerations, and prosecution concerns.
Several other BWC resources, including toolkits, guides, recommendations, lessons learned, and more can be accessed through our online library.

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Only 36% of institutions of higher education surveyed in our National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment (PDF) currently have business continuity plans in place. These plans help minimize the negative effects of an emergency incident and expedite the restoration of functions on campus.
On  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 2:00PM ET , the Director of Operations for Safety and Risk Services at the University of Oregon, Krista M. Dillon (PDF), will join us for our next free  Campus Public Safety Online webinar, Business Continuity: Getting Your Ducks in a Row . Krista will discuss the definition, benefits, and basics of continuity planning in higher education as well as the on-the-fly business continuity planning that took place following the active shooter incident at Umpqua Community College. She will also incorporate several examples of how the University of Oregon implemented various continuity plans for planned and unplanned disruptions. Register by  Friday, March 17, 2017   to save your seat!

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Upcoming Officer Trainings from VALOR
Over the next several months, VALOR, an officer safety initiative, will be offering one of their on-site trainings in multiple locations and encourages sworn campus law enforcement officers to register. Officer Safety, Wellness, and Resiliency Training helps improve officer professionalism and safety by "reexamining essential skills that every law enforcement professional should possess." Each training is delivered by instructors who are law enforcement practitioners and subject matter experts, and covers the following key concepts:
  • Threats and Challenges: This category changes due to evolutions in policing on a local and national scale, with current topics including crisis-intervention techniques, casualty care and rescue concepts, and law enforcement professionalism.
  • Words and Actions: Learn how to detect and decipher visual and verbal cues by subjects and discover how your words and actions affect an encounter. Having these skills can help you defuse and de-escalate a dangerous situation, detect a hidden weapon, or prevent an attempted assault.
  • Mind and Body: Prepare yourself today, both physically and mentally, for whatever tomorrow may bring by learning methods to improve long-term wellness and resiliency. Listen to an officer's personal story of survival and recovery from a critical incident.
In addition, instructors provide information and techniques for preventing and de-escalating situations that may result in a violent encounter.
VALOR was created in 2010 through the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance in response to an increase in the number of fatal assaults against law enforcement officers. VALOR provides classroom and web-based training, research, and resources for sworn state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers at no cost. Since its inception, more than 27,000 officers have received VALOR training.
A complete list of online trainings and webinars is available on VALOR's eLearning page. Visitors may also find a variety of helpful resources on topics such as officer safety, threat groups, and suicide by cop as well as an officer safety toolkit. If you would like to request a VALOR training, please contact the VALOR team directly. You can also follow VALOR via social media on Twitter or Facebook.

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities:

Title: Colleges Within Legalizing States: What Stays and What Must Change
Organization: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
Date: April 3, 2017 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Indicators of the Terrorist Attack Cycle: Planning for the Attack
Organization: College of DuPage Homeland Security Training Center
Date: April 20, 2017
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Fee: Registration fee

Title: 2017 CEBCP Symposium
Organization: Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Date: June 26, 2017
Location: Arlington, VA
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.
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