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Congressman Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey to Receive IACLEA's 2013 Congressional Champion Award

WEST HARTFORD, CT (February 13, 2013)

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey has been selected by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc. (IACLEA) to receive the 2013 Congressional Champion Award. Each year, the association representing campus public safety leaders, selects a Member of Congress to receive the award in recognition of support for initiatives to enhance the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors at institutions of higher education.

LoBiondo was selected because of his co-sponsorship of legislation to create a National Center for Campus Public Safety, which is IACLEAs highest legislative priority. The National Center would be a central resource for college and university law enforcement, public safety, and security professionals. The Center would be housed within the U.S. Department of Justice. The Center would commission research and develop training protocols for challenges facing campus public safety, much as state and local firefighters have federal resources through the National Fire Academy and state and local law enforcement have programs and resources available to them through the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

LoBiondo joined the Centers chief sponsor in supporting this legislation well before the nations attention was horrifically focused on the tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut. He has shown support for the efforts to keep campuses open and safe during his tenure in Congress and has been consistent in placing the safety of our children at the forefront.

IACLEA is pleased to recognize Rep. LoBiondo for his crucial support of campus public safety in the House of Representatives, said IACLEA President Anne Glavin, who is the Chief of Police at California State University at Northridge.

I am honored to receive this award today from an organization known for its unwavering dedication to keeping our students and schools safe. Creating the National Center for Campus Public Safety is a common-sense idea that Congress can and should approve. I will continue to be a partner with IACLEA on this critical legislation and other key initiatives, said Congressman LoBiondo (NJ-02).

The Center has no set authorization level and therefore does not fall under the requirements of the Budget Control Act. The proposed level of federal funding equates to 16 cents per student, or $2.75 million. It has been passed by unanimous consent in the House of Representatives, and has been reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote, before time ran out on its final passage.

LoBiondo is beginning his 10th term in the Congress. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

IACLEAs President Anne Glavin, and Glenn Miller, Chief of Police at Stockton College of New Jersey will make the presentation, during IACLEAs sixth annual Capitol Hill Day on March 7, 2013, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

IACLEA is an association that advances campus public safety for its more than 1,200 educational institution members and 2,000 individual members by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. IACLEA is led by a Board of Directors and managed by professional staff in Washington D.C. and West Hartford, CT.

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