WEST HARTFORD, CT (March 28, 2013) - The National Center for Campus Public Safety was authorized on March 26 when President Barack Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 into law. The authorization for the National Center for Campus Public Safety was one of only a handful of new initiatives included in the legislation which keeps the federal government running through the current fiscal year that ends on September 30, 2013.
The funding levels for the National Center were set at $2.75 million a year. For the remaining months of this fiscal year, the Department of Justice has allocated $1 million.
"This is the culmination of an effort that began in 2005 with the National Summit on Campus Public Safety Report recommending the creation of a National Center for Campus Public Safety," said Anne P. Glavin, IACLEA President. "Since then, the National Center has been the highest priority of IACLEA. Our leaders, boards and Government Relations Committee have worked tirelessly to make it a reality. We are grateful to the President and U.S. Congress for supporting this legislation to enhance safety and security at U.S. colleges and universities. We look forward to working with federal officials to establish this Center."
The National Center for Campus Safety will support information sharing, policy development, model practices, operations and research. The Center is intended to:
" Increase cooperation, collaboration, and consistency in prevention, response, and problem-solving methods among agencies and jurisdictions serving the nation's colleges and universities. - Provide a centralized clearinghouse for information on public safety related to the nation's colleges and universities and the communities in which they are located. - Provide educational leadership and opportunities to those responsible for or who have a vested interest in campus public safety. - Provide a forum for discussion, debate, and strategic planning among the various public safety, security, service, and advocacy organizations responsible for the safety of the nation's colleges and universities. IACLEA, the leading authority for campus public safety is an association that advances campus public safety for its more than 1,200 education institution members and 2,000 individual members by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. IACLEA is lead by a Board of Directors and managed by professional staff in Washington, D.C. and West Hartford, CT.
IACLEA: The Leading Authority for Campus Public Safety