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National Conversation on Police and Community Interactions on Campuses

It is essential to campus safety efforts that there is a vehicle for identifying emerging public safety and emergency management challenges and potential solutions. To this end, the NCCPS facilitates emerging issues forums to convene subject matter experts, practitioners, relevant professional association members, and government agency representatives to develop strategies for successfully addressing identified challenges in specific topic areas. 
On August 30 and 31, 2016, we partnered with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators (HBCU-LEEA) to facilitate an emerging issues forum at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Teams of student leaders and their campus police chiefs/safety directors representing 20 institutions of higher education (IHEs) participated. The purpose of the forum was to identify gaps in perception between students and public safety at IHEs and build a framework to help the campus community bridge those gaps. Participants drafted recommendations on developing the appropriate framework to bring back to their institutions and provided the following feedback:
  • Chief Curtis Johnson, President of HBCU-LEEA, stated: "It's our responsibility to bridge the gaps in community policing. We can do this one step at a time. This was an awesome first step!"
  • Adrian Wiggins, Executive Director of Campus and Public Safety at Morgan State University, advised: "The conversation regarding police/community relationships, particularly relationships with minority communities, challenged both the public safety leaders and the students to be more deliberate about working together. This was indeed much needed, and more work lies ahead as we are barely scratching the surface on this issue."  
  • Another participant thanked the NCCPS "for creating a safe space for healing and solution oriented conversations to take place!"
A report summarizing the forum discussion will be available for download in October 2016.
To date, we have co-hosted 19 emerging issues forums. Past forums include Reclaiming the Spirit of the Clery Act, Off-Campus Community Policing, Institutionalizing the Clery Act, Global Safety and Security, Implementing Clery and Title IX, Challenges in Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence at American Community Colleges, Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Campus Public Safety, and Impact of Student Mental Health Concerns on Campus Public Safety. Available reports from past forums may be viewed and downloaded from our website.
We will continue to offer emerging issues forums and host roundtable discussions on important and timely campus public safety topics. Upcoming topics include campus policing in an urban environment, campus carry legislation, and international student criminal victimization. If you are interested in participating in one of the upcoming discussions, or have a topic you would like to recommend, please  contact us.

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Only Two Days Left to Register for Our Free Webinar!
Register by Friday, September 16, 2016  to join us for the next free webinar in our Campus Public Safety Online  series and learn about motivational interviewing for campus police. 

On  Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET , David Closson , U.S. Army veteran, former campus police officer, and associate for  SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies  will highlight the benefits of bringing motivational interviewing to the front lines of campus policing to help foster long-term behavior change and lower high-risk drinking behavior. Learn more by visiting our  website .  

Federal Departments Release Resources for Schools and Colleges

On September 8, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (DOJ)  distributed new tools to help K-12 schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) improve school climates, ensure safety, and support student achievement.
Two letters were released to leaders of IHEs. Campus letter from DOJ (PDF) was authored by Ronald L. Davis, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), Department of Justice. Director Davis highlights the free resources available to campus public safety officers through the COPS Office website including threat assessment case studies, best practices on building trust with communities served, and ways to establish appropriate staffing levels. In the letter, he also recommends downloading and reviewing the Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (PDF). Finally, Davis brings attention to the National Center for Campus Public Safety saying, "the center provides critical information and resources to campus communities and is supported in part by our colleagues at the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance."
The Campus letter from Education  (PDF), from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., discusses the increasing challenges faced by IHEs in light of the current social climate and "profound questions about community and police relations, racial justice, and officer and public safety." King also highlights the recommendations from the Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and emphasizes that there is a critical need for campus police departments to engage in continuing and comprehensive professional development and training, and to develop meaningfully relationships with the communities they serve. He also notes the importance of the recently issued Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (PDF) 2016 edition, and the continued federal civil rights obligations of all IHEs receiving federal funds including Title VI, Title IX, and the ADA Section 504.
These resources build upon the work of the My Brother's Keeper Initiative and the White House  Council on Women and Girls , and work in concert with the recommendations developed by the Task Force on 21 st  Century Policing to support schools in developing more positive school climates and strengthening the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Download the official invitation.
Now OPEN for Registration: 2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise on Campus Violence

The Department of Homeland Security's National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (NTTX) is a series of campus-based events to test and promote campus resilience and emergency preparedness. The series brings together senior higher education leaders, as well as federal, state, and local representatives from departments and agencies that support campus resilience to participate in workshops and work through a designed emergency scenario.
The 2016 NTTX event, at the University of Illinois at Chicago from  November 16-17, 2016 , will provide a forum for discussion about campus violence, including active shooter and other threats, and the higher education community. Register now by downloading the registration form under the  2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise: Campus Violence tab.

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities
Title: Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (PER-304)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: September 19, 2016
Location: Lemoore, CA
Fee: Free
Title: Back to Trauma-Informed School: Improving Campus Response to Sexual Assault
Organization: California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Date: September 26, 2016 at 10:00AM PT
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Sexual Assault and Mental Health on College Campuses
Organizations: Healthy Minds Network and the University of Michigan
Date: September 28, 2016 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

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   Emerging Issues 
Available reports from our emerging issues forums can be viewed and downloaded.  


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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