October 17, 2018

Red Ribbon Week
Promote a Drug Free and Healthy Lifestyle with the Red Ribbon Campaign
A national leader in drug prevention, education, and advocacy, the National Family Partnership (NFP) sponsors the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign ®. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week ®, October 23 - 31 each year. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started after the 1985 kidnapping, torture, and murder of  DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. Congressman Duncan Hunter and high school friend Henry Lozano launched Camarena Clubs in Kiki's hometown of Calexico, California. Club members wore red ribbons and pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Kiki Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for individuals and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.
The following NFP resources, opportunities, and events are designed to help your campus and community participate in Red Ribbon Week:
  • Downloads: The Red Ribbon Planning Guide has information about this year's campaign message, Life Is Your Journey.Travel Drug FreeTM, ideas for celebrating Red Ribbon in your community, media templates, and more. On this web page you can also access the campaign and theme logos, an infographic, web banners, a fact sheet, pledge forms, and details on the photo contest.
  • Activities: Find activities to support Red Ribbon Week for students, educators, business leaders, law enforcement officers, and others. You can also suggest ideas for activities to be included in the list.
  • Events: Share details about your Red Ribbon Week events or search to see what others are doing.
  • Pledge: Take the National Red Ribbon Campaign Pledge now and be a part of the creation of a drug free America.
For additional resources including the Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest, the Red Ribbon Week Toolkit, and the presidential proclamation, visit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's  Red Ribbon Campaign web page.

NOVA Campus Advocacy Training
The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is now enrolling for their  Winter 2019 NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT). Offered in partnership with the  Campus Advocacy & Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA), this 24-hour, live, distance learning academy focuses on building participants' knowledge and skills to respond to sexual assault, stalking, and interpersonal violence in higher education. You must be a campus-based advocate or community-based advocate providing services on a college campus to apply.  For more information and to register, visit NOVA's NCAT web page .

Keeping Our Communities Safe
Download the Crime Prevention Month toolkit.
Crime Prevention Month
Thirty years ago, crime seemed to be happening everywhere - parks, street corners, and even school yards. People in the community felt helpless, believing only law enforcement could end crime in their neighborhoods. Fortunately, the leaders of 19 organizations decided to work together to create the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign, and with the help of an advertising agency, launched its first news release in 1979 followed by a television public service announcement in 1980. Viewers were encouraged to help "Take a Bite Out of Crime" by a then unnamed dog in a trench coat.
These original 19 organizations expanded and joined with others to form the Crime Prevention Coalition of America (CPCA) to reduce crime by helping citizens work individually and collectively with law enforcement. Two years later, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) was founded as the education, outreach, and training arm of the CPCA. The unnamed canine became McGruff the Crime Dog, the spokesdog of the crime prevention movement.
For 30 years, the NCPC has spread awareness and education messages during Crime Prevention Month ranging from personal and home safety to community preparedness and identity theft. This year's theme is Keeping Our Communities Safe, with a focus on safe firearms practices. The NCPC, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, have come together to create the "Lock It Up" campaign, stressing the need for responsible storage of firearms in the home and reporting lost or stolen firearms to local law enforcement. In addition, firearm owners are encouraged to "Sell With Certainty" or conduct safe firearms transfers.
This year's toolkit (PDF) includes strategies and materials that can be used with your campus community to educate people of all ages on how to protect themselves from accidentally discharging a gun through safe storage techniques. It also features tools and resources gun owners need in order to educate themselves about safely storing and selling their gun in a secure way, through a Federal Firearms Licensee. Some items contained in the toolkit include:
  • Safe firearm practices
  • A quiz on firearm safety
  • Information on crime prevention through environmental design
  • Gun safety tips
  • Safe storage options
  • Firearm guidelines for private sellers
For additional Crime Prevention Month resources, please visit the National Crime Prevention Council website.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Personal Safety and Security
Organization: Allied Universal
Date: October 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET OR 4:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Officer Recruitment & Retention
Organization: Insight Exchange Network
Dates: November 27-28, 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment 101
Organization: Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions
Date: Self-paced, 9-10 hours
Location: Online
Fee: Free

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

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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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