November 8, 2017

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Best Practices Report on Vehicle Ramming Incidents

In August, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security ( NCS 4 ) issued a brief best practices report
Vehicle Ramming Incidents and Perimeter Protections (PDF), following tragic incidents in Charlottesville, VA and Barcelona, Spain. Using vehicles in attacks has become a trend in recent terror attacks because it requires minimal skill, preparation time, or training. As the report notes, "It is no longer necessary for violent extremists to gain access inside of venues when they can cause equal or greater destruction by targeting crowded public spaces." Large crowds are suitable targets for vehicle ramming attacks. In 2016 alone, more than 600 people were injured or killed from vehicle ramming attacks worldwide. This is a sharp rise from the 82 people injured or killed from these same attacks between 2006 and 2014.
As these attacks increase, safety and security management should evaluate perimeter protection practices and identify areas for improvement. For campuses, particularly during large events, "attention should be given to traffic management and crowd control issues. Other aspects may include facility design elements (i.e. bollards, fencing, enclosures), parking lots and other parking structures, and designated tailgating or 'fan experience' areas."
The report includes best practices that address issues related to perimeter protection, vehicular screening, and crowd movement, and are the result of the 2016 Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Best Practices Compliance Survey. The survey is available from NCS 4  upon request. Important takeaways include improving middle and inner perimeters, such as waste removal or food delivery trucks. For example, credentialing should be performed to identify drivers and confirm that approval was granted prior to an event. For other soft target areas, using physical protection systems (both mobile and fixed) can help protect pedestrian walkways and tailgating zones.

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Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioid Safety Recommendations for First Responders

The increased prevalence of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids continue to cause devastating effects across the nation. Fentanyl is a drug that alleviates pain without causing loss of consciousness, and exposure to it can be fatal. It can be absorbed into the body via inhalation, oral exposure or ingestion, or skin contact. 

On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. It is critical for first responders to understand how to protect themselves from exposure. Law enforcement, including campus police, fire, rescue, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel must balance safety with mobility and efficiency when responding to scenes where the presence of fentanyl is suspected.
Last week, the White House released printable guidance,  Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders  (PDF), outlining evidence-based safety recommendations first responders can use when encountering opioids, specifically fentanyl. The recommendations can help protect first responders when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily duties, including responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches.
The recommendations are the result of a federal interagency working group coordinated by the White House National Security Council and fall into three specific categories:  
  • Actions first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure
  • Actions first responders can take when exposure occurs
  • Actions first responders can take when they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication 
Associations and organizations representing the medical, public health, law enforcement, fire/EMS, and occupational safety and health disciplines provided input to inform the group's efforts. Their feedback helped ensure the recommendations are operationally relevant, appropriately tailored to first responders, and conveyed in a user-friendly one-page format.
For more information on fentanyl, including its characteristics and emergency response recommendations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Fentanyl: Incapacitating Agent web page.

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The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is currently enrolling for their 20-hour  Winter 2018 NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT). Pre-approved by the National Advocate Credentialing Program, this live, distance learning academy prepares campus advocates to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence, stalking, and sexual violence. Members of the Campus Advocates Prevention and Professional Association and NOVA both receive a 10% discount on registration. For more information and to apply, visit the NCAT web page.
Title: Legalization of Marijuana: Challenges Facing College Campuses
Organization: National Center for Campus Public Safety
Date:  November 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Climate Adaptation Planning for Emergency Management (AWR-347)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: November 16, 2017
Location: Long Beach, CA
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.