October 10, 2018

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PERF Releases New Guidebook for Law Enforcement's Response to Sexual Assault 
This summer, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) published,
Executive Guidebook: Practical Approaches for Strengthening Law Enforcement's Response to Sexual Assault (PDF). The Executive Guidebook is the product of six years of work resulting from a 2012 cooperative agreement awarded to PERF and the Women's Law Project of Philadelphia by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Technical Assistance Program to help law enforcement agencies improve their handling of sexual assault cases through the development of internal guidelines and quality assurance mechanisms.
PERF established a project team and advisory board of subject-matter experts in many fields including policing, academia, victim advocacy, prosecution, forensic medicine, psychology, and social services as well as representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and OVW. Four cities and their police agencies received direct technical assistance to help improve their police and practices - Scottsdale, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Fayetteville, NC; and Chattanooga, TN. Each site went through two phases of technical assistance. Phase 1 consisted of assessing each agency's current policies, procedures, and practices related to sexual assault investigations and then developing recommendations for the department's consideration. In Phase 2, agencies worked with the project team to create an action plan that would implement the recommendations. Each action plan reviewed the challenges and issues identified during the assessment, described steps for implementing promising practices, revising policies and procedures, developing quality control and audit functions, and improving training. Each agency documented their efforts at implementation, including challenges and obstacles, changes made to policies or practices, improvements in police responses to sexual assault, lessons learned, and overall outcomes.
The Executive Guidebook presents recommendations for law enforcement agency policies and procedures, accountability mechanisms, training, collaboration, report-writing and file maintenance, crime coding, case management, and public education informed by the final results from each of the four agencies as well as PERF's experience working with agencies across the country. A summary of key recommendations is included along with resources for additional reading, pre- and post-implementation questionnaires, a sample report template, and a sample multi-disciplinary MOU.
If you have questions or need additional information about this publication, please contact PERF.

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IAEM UCC Symposium for Emergency Management Practitioners in Higher Ed 
Do you have a role in emergency management at your institution of higher education (IHE)? Would you like to learn the latest trends and best practices from other IHEs? If so, it's not too late to consider attending the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) Symposium on October 20-21, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The tentative agenda (PDF) for this year's symposium includes a keynote speaker from Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Veoci online collaboration platform, problem solving forums, and tremendous opportunities for networking. The IAEM UCC Symposium is a pre-conference symposium prior to the larger IAEM Annual Conference. It affords an opportunity to connect directly with other practitioners in higher education. If you can't attend the entire conference, consider attending the Symposium only by following these instructions (PDF).
If you have any questions or would like to submit a problem to solve during the problem solving forums, please contact Jeff Stevens , CEM, MEP, iParametrics Vice President of Emergency Management or Cassandra Stelter , Gonzaga University Emergency Preparedness Manager.

In conjunction with the IAEM UCC Symposium, the NCCPS is facilitating a focus group discussion with emergency management professionals from a variety of campuses throughout the country. We will be discussing and defining the value of campus emergency management to the whole community. As a result of this session, a report will be developed for campus administrators detailing the importance and positive outcomes of having a well-developed emergency management program at every institution. We will also include the potential negative consequences that result from lacking such a program. This report will be released in early 2019.

Invisible Disabilities Week

You may be asking, what is an invisible disability? In simple terms, an invisible disability is a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities that is invisible to the onlooker. Unfortunately, the fact that a person's symptoms are invisible often leads to misunderstandings, false perceptions, and judgments. Also, an invisible disability does not mean a person is disabled. Many living with these challenges are still fully active in their work, families, sports, or hobbies.

October 14 - 20, 2018 we bring awareness, education, and support to our campus communities during Invisible Disabilities Week (IDW). The Invisible Disabilities ®   Association (IDA) founded IDW in 2014, and it began gaining traction in 2015, when three governors signed proclamations in support of IDW. Your campus community can follow a few steps (PDF) and contact IDA for a proclamation submission for your state

Actions for the rest of the week are free and may just take a few moments each day. Here are some samples of activities your campus community can engage in. Encourage community members to:
  • Add a Facebook Frame to their profile picture or replace their photo with the ID week badge.
  • Post a story or video alone or with their favorite person, place, or pet. Share as little or as much as they would like about their journey.
  • Post a photo or video of a group or person wearing an Invisible No More®! wristband, IDA lapel pin, IDA shirt, or ID card holder. Or people can just wear their favorite blue shirt, hat, or scarf. Take these photos or videos alone or in groups. Tell IDA why invisible disabilities awareness is important or how to be Invisible No More!
  • Share articles, blogs, and radio interviews with friends, family, and other campus groups on  Facebook ,  Instagram ,  Twitter , and more to bring awareness, education, and support to your campus community!
  • Share on Thankful Thursday. Thanks can be for anything big or small such as a vacation, friends, a pet, professors, getting out of bed, etc. Share a photo or video to a post, if desired.  
The IDA website also provides a variety of resources including three blogs, a support community, information on IDA programs, an e-newsletter, informational books and pamphlets, and more.

For additional resources, visit the Invisible Disability Project or DO-IT, based at the University of Washington.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Hazing Prevention: A Call to Action 
Organization: National Center for Campus Public Safety 
Date: October 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free 
Title: Engaging Peers in Health Promotion              
Organization: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
Date: November 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Registration Fee 
Title: Understanding Sexual Violence and Appropriate Responses to Survivors  
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse 
Date: November 29, 2018
Location: Online
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.
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