October 18, 2017

Red Ribbon Campaign

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign on October 23, 2017. Red Ribbon Week is the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program and is officially celebrated from October 23-31, with some schools and communities holding events throughout the month. 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. Today, the eight-day celebration, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, has become the annual catalyst to show intolerance for drugs in our schools, work places, and communities. Each year, during the last week in October, more than 80 million young people and adults show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free life by wearing or displaying the Red Ribbon.
Red Ribbon Week affords the opportunity for educators and community organizations to raise awareness of the problem of drug abuse. The following resources, opportunities, and events are designed to help your community participate in Red Ribbon Week:
  • Campus Video PSA Contest: The DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are co-sponsoring this contest for colleges and universities to promote the importance of preventing alcohol abuse and the non-medical use of prescription stimulants among college students. Eligible entrants (institutions of higher education that offer an associate or baccalaureate degree) may submit a 30-60-second video PSA showcasing the underlying message behind Red Ribbon Week-commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, especially among college students.
  • Red Ribbon Parent/School Planning Guide: This guide offers suggestions for ways schools, the media, businesses, law enforcement agencies, medical institutions, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and others in the community can teach prevention and celebrate Red Ribbon Week.
  • Red Ribbon Toolkit: The toolkit includes an informational flyer, fact sheet, PowerPoint presentation, a list of ways to promote the week, guidance and talking points, a sample press release and proclamation, student pledges, graphics, and a video clip.
  • Red Ribbon Events: You may search for events or submit events you have planned. 
Visit the DEA's Red Ribbon Campaign web page for additional resources and to access other prevention materials and drug information. You may also go to the National Family Partnership website to learn more about their drug prevention awareness and advocacy efforts and to access brochures and campaign resources.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified sports venues as "soft targets" for terrorism. A soft target is defined as a person or thing that is relatively unprotected or vulnerable, especially to a military or terrorist attack. In response to this emerging need, The University of Southern Mississippi established the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS 4 ) in 2006. To date, NCS 4  is the country's only research center devoted to the study and practice of spectator sports safety and security. 
NCS 4 serves institutions of higher education, high schools, professional sports, marathon events, and corporations. In addition to permanent staff, NCS 4 has a national advisory board with stakeholders representing members such as MetLife Stadium, USA Track and Field, Penn State University, University of Kentucky, Securitas Security Services, NCAA, and the FBI.
NCS 4 developed a partnership with the Texas Engineering Extension Service's  National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center , a member of the Texas A&M University System, to create and deliver DHS and FEMA -approved sport security training workshops for emergency responders, senior officials, and medical personnel conducting sporting events. These workshops are described below.
  • Sport Event Risk Management AWR-167 is focused on building capabilities for multi-agency collaboration. Established university teams will learn to agree on basic concepts relative to planning, risk assessment, training, exercising plans, and recovery/ business continuity through scenario-based training modules.
  • Sports and Special Events Incident Management MGT-404 is a 16-hour course for athletic department staff, facility management personnel, campus public safety personnel, emergency response supervisors, and others involved in sports and special event management to better prepare for, manage, and recover from incidents that could occur during a sporting event or other special event.
  • Sports and Special Events Enhanced Incident Management MGT-440  is a 24-hour course intended to prepare emergency responders as well as event management personnel, concessionaries, athletic department personnel, and elected and chief executives who would be involved in the preparation for and response to a large-scale incident during sporting or special events.
  • Sport Event Evacuation Training and Exercise MGT-412 provides assistance to sport venue managers to prepare and/or enhance evacuation planning capabilities to assist emergency responders in implementing flexible and scalable evacuation activities.
In addition to training workshops, NCS 4 provides the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification program. CSSP was designed to establish standardized competencies for those individuals holding leadership positions in the sports security industry. CSSP ensures that the most current techniques, strategies, and solutions are used to mitigate safety and security risks inherent to spectator sport venues. The program was developed with assistance from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and is accredited. Front line venue and event staff may also become certified through the Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) certification program, the first such credentialing program in the U.S. for these important personnel.
For more information on NCS 4 , including the new Sport Security Research, Training and Operations Center at the National Sport Security Laboratory, membership information , events, academic information, and publications, please visit their website or use the online contact form .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Policy Development for Campus Public Safety
Organization: International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Date: October 26, 2017 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free to members
Title: Sport and Special Event Evacuation Training and Exercise (MGT 412)
Organization: National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security
Dates: November 14-15, 2017
Location: East Rutherford, NJ
Fee: Free
Title: Threat Assessment in Higher Education Workshop
Organizations: University of Miami Emergency Management, Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Analysis Unit, National Counterterrorism Center
Date: November 29, 2017
Location: Miami, FL
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.