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Government Relations

Federal Update

On behalf of the IACLEA membership, the director of government and external relations and IACLEA members engage with federal executive branch agencies, Congress, and national associations to promote the interests of campus public safety executives and their agencies.

Capitol Hill Day

 

Position Statement on Reducing Gun Violence and Keeping Campuses Safe

To view IACLEA's position statement on reducing gun violence and keeping campuses safe, please see the next page. 

Resolution on Concealed Carrying of Firearms on Campuses in the United States 

To view IACLEA's resolution on carrying concealed firearms, please see the next page.

Legislation

Sean Collier Act (H.R. 4677)

Makes federal line-of-duty death benefits available to the families of sworn law enforcement officers employed by private entities, including colleges and universities.

IACLEA continues to engage with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and will initiate contact with allied national organizations, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to foster support for this legislation.

Read IACLEA's ISSUE BRIEF on the Sean Collier Act

Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Reauthorization (Pub. L. 89-329)

IACLEA has been advised by the U.S. Senate Committee on Education that further action on the HEOA Reauthorization is anticipated for fall 2017.

The HEOA includes campus safety operational and reporting requirements, including fire safety.

Read IACLEA's ISSUE BRIEF on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act.

Bipartisan Task Force to Address Campus Sexual Assault

IACLEA initiated contact with Task Force staff and will be afforded opportunities to inform the work of the Task Force.

Read IACLEA's ISSUE BRIEF on Gender Violence on Campus.

REACH Act (H.R. 2926)

The REACH Act will amend the Clery Act to require colleges and universities to include statistics on reported hazing incidents in their Annual Security Reports and to implement an anti- hazing education program.

The IACLEA Board of Directors provided review and comment to the lead sponsor’s staff.

Campus Accountability and Safety Act (H.R. 1949)

This legislation, if enacted, would address Title IX investigations, campus resources for victims of sexual assault, climate surveys, and MOUs between campus and local law enforcement.

The bill now has 20 cosponsors.

Drone Federalism Act (S. 1272)

This legislation would authorize state and local law enforcement agencies to regulate the operation of drones at low altitudes (below 200 feet). Because the proposed legislation has not been vetted by the FAA or the IACP Aviation Committee, the Board of Directors is not taking an official position at this time.

National Criminal Justice Commission Act (S. 573)

This bill, which has 28 cosponsors, would provide for a comprehensive examination of the criminal justice system in the United States. The IACP is the primary national proponent and requests that law enforcement executives contact their U.S. Senators in support.

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 (S. 867)

Directs the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a review of existing mental health support programs for law enforcement officers, and funds pilot programs with a focus on peer mentoring mental health programs.

IACLEA will continue to monitor this legislation. 

Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017 (H.R. 2851)

Authorizes the Attorney General to unilaterally outlaw certain unregulated compounds on a temporary basis. Fentanyl analogues are a focus of this legislation.

 

IACLEA initiated contact with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) regarding an effort by local prosecutors in one area of North Carolina to have campus sexual assaults investigated by municipal law enforcement.

 

National Associations

RaShall Brackney, chief of police at the George Washington University, and a member of IACLEA’s Government Relations Committee, represented IACLEA at a meeting with the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI). The meeting, which was conducted at the National League of Cities, focused on policing urban nightlife districts. IACLEA will work with RHI and the International Town-Gown Association to develop a guide for campus policing of urban nightlife districts.

IACLEA staff and the Board of Directors provided review and comment on the NCAA Substance Abuse Tool Kit for Athletics Departments. This information resource and guide was developed by the NCAA in concert with the Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention. Modifications requested by IACLEA were made, and our endorsement was provided.

The Board of Directors elected not to officially endorse a position statement developed by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (NLEPPGV) on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. IACLEA is a member of the Partnership. The issue of campus carry and other gun-related legislation will be taken up by the Board at its fall 2017 meeting.

IACLEA initiated contact with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) regarding an effort by local prosecutors in one area of North Carolina to have campus sexual assaults investigated by municipal law enforcement. The NDAA agreed to consult with IACLEA on future issues related to campus public safety.

The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) recently published a white paper encouraging college and university administrations to adopt body- worn camera programs. After being contacted by IACLEA, the APLU agreed to consult with IACLEA on future issues related to campus public safety.

 

A number of IACLEA members and the Director of Government and External Relations are supporting the development of the DHS 2017 National Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) scheduled for October at the University of Utah.

 

Federal Agencies

IACLEA assisted the DEA and NASPA with the spring 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Then-President Randy Burba represented the national campus public safety community at a high-level DHS Roundtable on Higher Education. A follow-on meeting is being planned between IACLEA and officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to develop joint messaging on engagement at the national and local levels between ICE agents and campus public safety officials.

Working through the FBI Campus Liaison Program, the IACLEA Police Week video was disseminated to all 56 FBI field offices.

A protocol has been negotiated between IACLEA, the Clery Center for Security on Campus, and the U.S. Department of Education to conduct webinars on highly nuanced Clery compliance issues.

A number of IACLEA members and the director of government and external relations are supporting the development of the DHS 2017 National Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) scheduled for October at the University of Utah. The 2017 NTTX will focus on cyber intrusions.

IACLEA continues to be represented on the DHS Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Subcommittee, which recently made recommendations to the Secretary of DHS. The recommendations include CVE training for campus public safety officers and campus behavior threat assessment teams.

The goal of the Association’s Government Relations program is to build and foster strong and lasting relationships with relevant federal agencies and Congress in order to advance the campus public safety profession and promote policies to enhance its ability to protect our higher educational critical infrastructure, research facilities, students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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