Capitol Hill Day 2018 Recap
IACLEA Leaders Bring Focus to Campus Public Safety Issues During Capitol Hill Day 2018
Board of Directors and Members Raise Critical Safety Issues with Congress and Federal Agencies
IACLEA senior leaders met with Members of Congress and their staff to raise critical issues and share valuable expertise on public safety policy matters during IACLEA’s annual Capitol Hill Day. The Board of Directors, joined by several general members, crisscrossed Capitol Hill meeting with more than 70 U.S. Representatives and Senators or their legislative staff.
The IACLEA delegation addressed numerous pending issues, including authority over sexual assault investigations, enhanced efforts to protect students from gender violence on campus, changes affecting campus public safety operations as the Higher Education Act goes through reauthorization, and campus safety reporting requirements. IACLEA members shared IACLEA’s updated position on gun violence prevention. And Association members pressed for consideration of the Sean Collier Act, which would provide federal line-of-duty death benefits to families of slain campus public safety officers at private institutions. Copies of the Issue Briefs and position statements are at iaclea.org/government-relations.
“It was great to work shoulder-to-shoulder with other Board members to bring these legislative matters to lawmakers’ attention,” said IACLEA President David Bousquet, chief of police at Becker College. “IACLEA members are the leading authority for campus public safety, and our advocacy efforts can help influence beneficial policy.
With effective regulations and appropriate resources, campus public safety leaders can further enhance the exceptional work we do every day to keep our nation’s higher education campuses safe.”
IACLEA convened a Congressional staff briefing, for the first time. More than 35 legislative staff attended the session, including staff from offices with lawmakers sitting on key legislative committees. Executive Director Sue Riseling presented the IACLEA legislative agenda. Teri Lyn Hinds, of NASPA, addressed student affairs concerns, including sexual assault and hazing.
The day started on a high note: the presentation of the Congressional Champion Award. The 2018 recipient is U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA-7). In presenting the etched glass vase to Rep. Capuano, President Bousquet said: “The IACLEA Board of Directors voted unanimously to bestow this award on you, primarily for your leadership as sponsor of the Sean Collier Act. A horrified nation watched the manhunt to apprehend the Boston marathon bombers. During that multi-agency response, MIT Officer Sean Collier was assassinated. We appreciate your efforts to ensure that in the future campus public safety officers from private institutions will receive federal line-of-duty death benefits, the same as their public school colleagues do.”
“While I appreciate the recognition, I am truly grateful for IACLEA’s efforts increasing awareness of the Sean Collier Act,” stated Congressman Mike Capuano.
“The legislation would make campus police officers eligible for assistance under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program and was filed in memory of Officer Sean Collier who was murdered by the Boston Marathon bombers.”
In addition to the Board, IACLEA members Patrick Ogden, chair of IACLEA’s Government Relations Committee and chief of police at the University of Delaware in Newark, and Michael Murphy, assistant director of security at Rockefeller University in New York City, participated in the daylong event.
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Photos by Andrew Harper and Ross Stanfield