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The Weekly Snapshot
Your source for the latest tips, information, and current campus safety resources from the NCCPS.
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Weekly Snapshot Directory

Each week, we distribute the Weekly Snapshot publication you're reading now that features timely campus safety, law enforcement, and emergency management information and resources on a wide array of topics such as active threat, sexual and gender violence, behavioral threat assessment, Clery and Title IX, emergency preparedness, and community relations. 
 
Weekly Snapshot articles from July 01, 2014, to September 30, 2015, have been compiled into one easily accessible and searchable location, the  Weekly Snapshot Directory. We plan to provide a new directory at the end of each fiscal year containing the past year's articles. You may download the 2014-2015 directory here (PDF).
 
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NCCPS Webinar Recap: Managing External Relationships and Off-Campus Conduct

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, we welcomed John Venuti, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and members of his staff to present on their ongoing success managing external relationships in and around their large and growing urban-centralized campus.

Managing External Relationships and Off-Campus Conduct is the fifth installment of our ongoing free webinar series, Campus Public Safety Onlineand we have made this webinar, along with others, available on the NCCPS webinar page To view our past webinars or download and print the slides, please visit our YouTube channel and SlideShare web pages.

The history of VCU's challenging past town-gown relations is one that many university and college towns share. Rapid and expansive growth of VCU's campus led to the construction of new student dormitories, additional students living in established neighborhoods, and negative tension resulting from institutional encroachment into those neighboring areas. The influx of students cohabiting with long-time permanent residents drove some to refer to the institution as "the school that swallowed Richmond." A video  from The Richmond Times Dispatch, included as part of the webinar, provides an account of how problems developed as neighborhood make-up changed.

Chief Venuti, who served 26 years with the Richmond, VA Police Department, took command of VCU Police in 2010. In the time since, he and his staff members have developed and employed various strategies aimed at improving the troubled neighborhood dynamic. The webinar discussion articulated a multitude of successful strategic actions that can be adopted or modified by other campus communities. Several of those actions to consider are as follows:
  • Commit a dedicated police department staff member to external relations. This person will consistently attend local neighborhood meetings with the goal of building trust through communication and direct access to the department. 
  • Engage problem landlords and foster a standard of accountability though a "Landlord Letter" (PDF). A communication such as this can increase landowner buy-in by informing them of their potential liability resulting from persistent quality of life issues. Having the letter signed by officials from the institution and local municipalities is a critical aspect. 
  • Ensure a dedication to documentation of both incident and response data. This will serve as a vital measure in being able to respond effectively to instances of multiple violations at problem properties, while also strengthening adjudicatory positions during potential evidentiary hearings, such as eviction proceedings. 
  • Educate and involve student stakeholders through creative means, such as strategic deployments of fleet vehicles and party registration tools. VCU's noise suppression vehicle, the RVA Buzzkill bus, and the prtysmrt party registration website all serve as a drug and alcohol abuse education tools and as issue mitigating mechanisms.
If you have questions about where to find additional resources regarding solution-oriented best practices, please contact us.
Save the Date for Our Next Free Webinar!

We are pleased to announce the next webinar in our  Campus Public Safety Online free webinar series,  Behavioral Threat Assessment, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 2pm ET. 

Campus behavioral threat assessment epitomizes community policing and when successfully done it relies upon collaboration and partnerships in the community to identify and respond to at-risk behaviors.  Dr. Marisa Randazzo  will provide a framework to guide your campus to success.

Attendance is free, space is limited and registration is required.  Register today  to reserve your seat.  The deadline for registering is Friday, November 27.  Use our official webinar hashtag, #NCCPSwebinar, to share information about our webinar on social media. We hope you can join us!

If you'd like to receive notifications on upcoming NCCPS webinars, you may  sign up  for our webinar announcement mailing list. 
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title:  Terrorism Response Tactics: Active Shooter Level I
Host:  Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) and Maryland State Police
Dates: November 30-December 1, 2015
Location: Sykesville, MD
Fee: Free
 
Title:   Sport and Special Event Evacuation Training and Exercise (MGT-412)
Host:   Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Dates:   December 8-9, 2015
Location:   Evanston, IL
Fee:   Free 
 
Title:   2015 NASPA Student Affairs Law Conference
Host:   NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Dates:   December 10-12, 2015
Location:   Washington, DC
Fee:   Registration fee
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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