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Your source for the latest tips, information, and current campus safety resources from the NCCPS.
Click to download the Prior Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence report (PDF).
Targeted Violence on Campuses
 
While it is generally known that schools, colleges, and universities are considered safe places, acts of targeted violence such as active shooter incidents can and do occur. Campuses face unique challenges when planning for and responding to targeted violence due to location, population, and complex structures. Several targeted violence resources are compiled below and on our website  to help in your efforts to ensure the safety and well being of your campus community.
 
The U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education (ED) study,  Prior Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence: Information Students Learn May Prevent a Targeted Attack explored how students with prior knowledge of attacks made decisions regarding what steps, if any, to take after learning about the information. The study also sought to identify what might be done to encourage more students to share information they learn about potential targeted school-based violence with one or more adults.
 
In 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Education (ED), and the U.S. Secret Service released the report,  Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education. The study assessed 272 incidents of violence that affected institutions of higher education (IHE) in the United States between 1909 and 2008. The report offers perspectives on key aspects of targeted violence at IHEs and provides a preliminary look at the scope of the issue.
 
To assist IHEs with developing emergency operations plans, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, and ED released the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education This guide provides IHEs with recommendations on how to develop plans for preventing, protecting against, mitigating the impact of, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program was created to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. Their curriculum has become a national standard for response training. ALERRT courses are dynamic and scenario-based to help prepare those charged with responding to violent attacks. ALERRT's Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course was designed and built on the "Avoid, Deny, Defend" strategy, and provides guidance, strategies, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter incident. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of professional guardians, civilian response options, medical issues, and drills. In the coming months, the NCCPS will begin partnering with ALERRT to provide a limited amount of CRASE courses for campus and other law enforcement professionals. Further details will be provided soon.
 
Additional targeted violence resources can be accessed through our website , as well as the FBI's Active Shooter Incidents and Department of Homeland Security's Active Shooter Preparedness webpages.
DHS to Hold Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Meeting

The Department of Homeland Security will hold the next Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public and take place at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Tomich Conference Center, 111 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20529. To learn more about the HSAAC, please visit their website.
Preparing for and Responding to Natural Disasters

Threats of natural disasters striking any community are real and the devastating impact of these disasters can be catastrophic. The recent flooding in South Carolina caused by unprecedented rainfall has claimed dozens of lives, leaving yet another community rattled to its core; it is a familiar story of devastation. Yet, through the darkness of disaster, shine stories of heroic first responders, citizens, and emergency management professionals. It is critical to provide these professionals, and your community at large, with the proper information and resources for defending against and responding to natural disasters.

Community collaboration and partnership building is an important part of any preparedness and response effort, and in some communities, colleges and universities have been taking a proactive leadership role in preparing for natural disasters. In June 2014, President Obama issued three separate disaster declarations after Iowa Governor Terry Branstad made requests following severe rain and subsequent flooding that devastated 68 counties across the state. Today, Wartburg College, located in Waverly, Iowa, incorporates Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training into its undergraduate leadership program, giving students the ability to be part of the solution during an emergency. This effort was highlighted in the July 2014 edition of Secure & Prepared (PDF), produced by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

The American Red Cross offers many free resources that any community, including college and university communities, can utilize while preparing for or responding to natural and man-made disasters. A sample list of informational, comprehensive checklists and mobile application tools are listed below, organized by natural event:

Earthquake:
 
Tornado:
Flood:
Wildfire:
 
Hurricane:
 
Winter Storm:
 
 
Another tool available through the American Red Cross is the Safe and Well webpage. If your community experiences a disaster, let your family and community know you're safe by registering. If you don't have Internet access, you can call 1-866-GET-INFO to register as well.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) aims to " support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards." Throughout FEMA's website, you can access a visualized representation of national disaster data, a directory of emergency management agencies by state, disaster recovery resources for your community, a host of fact sheets detailing various emergency management topics, and much more. The free FEMA Mobile App allows any community member to get tips on how to survive natural disasters, receive alerts, locate open shelters, and apply for assistance.
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Enhancing Cooperative Policing between Local and University Law Enforcement

Host: International Association of Chiefs of Police University and College Police Section
Date: October 25, 2015 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:   Chicago, IL
Fee:   Free for IACP Conference attendees
 
Title:   Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE),  Train-the-Trainer
Host:   Hollis Police Department and Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)
Date:   November 16, 2015
Location:   Hollis, NH
Fee:   Free

Title: 8th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium
Host: Emergency Management Institute (EMI) 
Date: June 6-9, 2016 Location: National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD 
Fee:  Registration fee, pending acceptance into the program
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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