The Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) serves as an important link between the Department of Homeland Security and the academic community.
OAE partners with a number of higher education associations, federal agencies and advocacy groups.
Unique among OAE’s partnerships is the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), a Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant-funded clearinghouse of resources, trainings, tools, and content for campus safety professionals and administrators.
With resources such as the NCCPS library, a calendar of professional development and training opportunities, and original offerings and research initiatives including free public webinars (see below for example) and emerging issues forum discussions, the NCCPS is making a difference by educating leaders and strengthening campus safety initiatives across the U.S.
(Learn More from this webinar presentation by Florida Design Out Crime Association’s Director-at-Large Ed Book and Treasurer Ernie Long as he discusses crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). CPTED is an approach to deterring crime that creates a safer physical and built environment. This includes buildings, roads, parking lots, lighting, access control, maintenance, windows, entrances, signage, landscaping, sidewalks, and more. Courtesy of the National Center for Campus Public Safety and YouTube)
Additionally, NCCPS works with federal agencies to develop a training program on trauma-informed sexual assault investigation and adjudication that includes Title IX training for campus officials.
“The NCCPS has strong relationships with federal partners, nonprofit organizations, and professional associations representing campus safety, emergency management, and other campus officials,” said NCCPS Director Kim Richmond.
“These relationships provide invaluable opportunities to gain knowledge and insight from those working directly to help foster safer campus communities nationwide.”
“Through our shared interactions, we work to communicate this wealth of information to a variety of campus professionals, help determine needs and connect campuses to available resources.”
The Second Annual D.C. NCCPS Institute will be held June 12-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
This annual event will consist of the NCCPS’s four-day flagship curriculum followed by a fifth day of presentations and discussions with a range of federal partners including the Department of Justice, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.
To learn more and register for the Institute, please visit the event website.
The NCCPS exists to support campus officials in creating safer and stronger campus communities. By forging partnerships with campus safety, law enforcement and emergency management professionals, as well as community leaders, college and university administrators and federal agencies like OAE, the NCCPS represents a unique effort to centralize and catalog campus safety materials.
More information on the NCCPS can be found on their website, www.nccpsafety.org.
OAE will continue to foster this important collaboration and encourage campus public safety officials and administrators to reach out and engage with the NCCPS.