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Resources for Campus Public Safety from Projects Funded Previously by BJA:

Campus Public Order Roundtable – In December 2012, BJA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsored a Campus Public Order Focus Group Meeting in Madison, WI. Participants discussed issues related to civil disorder on college and university campuses, explored resultant policy implications, and identified promising practices for promoting order while preserving privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties in the midst of public protests. Key issues identified during the discussions were noted and a summary was completed and distributed to the campus public safety and law enforcement community.

Campus Security Roundtable: Securing University and College Spectator Events - In December 2011, BJA, the FBI, as well as DHS jointly sponsored a Campus Security Focus Group of experienced university police leaders to identify promising practices for providing security at campus spectator events. The meeting was a discussion of promising practices that can supplement an existing security plan to minimize the probability of an incident, aid in apprehension of violent offenders, and maximize the ability to respond to an incident that may occur at large spectator events on college campuses. A summary report was completed and distributed to the campus public safety and law enforcement community.

Contact David Adams for additional information about the Roundtable events.

Basic Campus Crime Prevention Course: A collaboration with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), this three-day basic course is designed for front-line campus personnel and campus crime prevention practitioners and includes best practices in college crime prevention, lighting, security surveys, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), residence hall and housing security, and available crime prevention resources.

Advanced Campus Crime Prevention Course: Another collaborative project with NCPC, the advanced course is a one and one-half day course that provides key information, best practices, strategies, and explores the financial benefits of establishing a campus crime prevention program. It is intended to help campus executives and administrators create an action plan designed to reduce campus crime. This will be achieved through the application of comprehensive risk assessment and liability methodologies and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.

IACP Model Policy: Active Shooter: This model policy developed by BJA and IACP in July 2007 and updated in January 2014 is available on the secure IACP web site. The policy, for responding officers at active shooting and similar deadly force incidents, provides protocols for assessing the threat and performing intervention tactics to limit serious injury or loss of life.

Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training: The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program is a partnership with Texas State University San Marcos. ALERRT Active Shooter Response training is specifically designed to provide law enforcement agencies with training to effectively and safely respond to active shooter events—and help save lives.

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) for College Law Enforcement: This is a one- to two-day workshop designed to provide terrorism awareness training to campus law enforcement personnel. Course topics are tailored to the specific concerns of college and university campuses and include terrorism indicators, domestic and international terrorist/extremist groups, violent radicalization, and officer safety issues.

Major Cities Campus Security Guidelines: MCC and BJA developed the Campus Security Guidelines in order to make a genuine difference in how law enforcement prevents, prepares, responds to and recovers from critical incidents on campus. The Guidelines are real operational policies, developed by the experts—local and campus law enforcement—that can be implemented across the nation. The guidelines include model Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) that can be used to assist campus law enforcement to better coordinate with their counterparts in towns, counties, and cities in protecting their campuses.

Community Involvement in Campus Safety: This initiative focuses on campus safety through the use of volunteers as an expansion of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS) work. IACP developed new resources to help law enforcement agencies engage volunteers to enhance campus safety. The video Community Involvement in Campus Safety and the Volunteers in Policing (VIPS) Resource Guide supplemental chapter VIPS in a College or University Setting provide case studies, best practices, and resources to start or enhance your campus safety program.

David Adams
Senior Policy Advisor for Law Enforcement

Hate Crimes on Campus: The Problem and Efforts To Confront It, (NCJ 187249), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Margaret Moss, Steven Wessler, October 2001. This monograph examines four aspects of the problem of bias, prejudice, and hate crimes on American college and university campuses.
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Campus Security Guidelines: Recommended Operational Policies for Local and Campus Law Enforcement Agencies, (NCJ 230703), The Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, September 2009. The Campus Security Guidelines provide law enforcement with recommendations to improve the ongoing relationships with campus public safety and major city police departments.

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Social Media & School Violence Training

The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), with support from BJA, is offering online training for law enforcement on the intersection of social media and school violence. The training is divided into six sections: a case study, historical perspective, evolution of online social networks, interactions with ISPs, emerging trends, and interacting in social communities.



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