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U.S. Dept. of Justice Awards Grant to Develop National Center for Campus Public Safety

WEST HARTFORD, CT (September 4, 2013)  The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $2.3 million grant to Margolis Healy & Associates to develop and operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety, bringing to fruition an initiative that was the highest public policy priority for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc. (IACLEA), for the past seven years.

The announcement was made by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Department of Justice budget.

The National Center will be a focal point in helping our schools find the training, information, and support they need to respond to the security challenges of the 21st Century, Senator Leahy said, and I am proud that Burlington will be the home base where such vital work will be done. Gary Margolis, Steven Healy and their team are superbly qualified to help our education institutions meet these emerging security needs.

As the leading authority for campus public safety, IACLEA is grateful to Congress and the Administration for providing the funding support to make the National Center a reality, said Vickie Weaver, IACLEA President and Director of Public Safety at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Gary and Steven are experienced campus public safety leaders who have been involved in critical issues facing our profession, she said. They are well qualified to implement the National Center for Campus Public Safety.

Healy, former Director of Public Safety at Princeton University, was the 2007-2008 President of IACLEA. As President, Healy testified before Congress on the need for a National Center and other measures to strengthen campus safety in the aftermath of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech on 2007. Margolis, former Chief of Police at the University of Vermont, was an active member and frequent presenter at IACLEA Annual Conferences.

The National Center will serve as a think tank and clearinghouse for the identification and dissemination of information, research, training and promising practices and emerging issues in campus public safety, according to federal officials. The Center will identify and examine emerging risks to campus safety and security, and develop resources to combat those risks and facilitate the transfer of research to practice.

IACLEA did not submit an application for the National Center grant solicitation, but did provide the names of peer reviewers to assist the Department of Justice in reviewing grant applications. IACLEA stands ready to assist the DOJ and Margolis Healy as the National Center moves forward, Weaver said.

IACLEA is a not-for-profit 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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