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Initiatives to Improve Campus Safety

Initiatives to Improve Campus Public Safety

In June 2002, the FBI Office of Law Enforcement Coordination joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in working with campus public safety executives to help enhance the preparedness of their agencies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural catastrophic events.

Effective partnerships have been established with the:

  • The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA);
  • The College and University Police Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
  • The U.S. Department of Education;
  • The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice; and
  • National associations of higher education.

In April 2004, DHS assigned a senior manager to our Office of Law Enforcement Coordination to coordinate campus public safety initiatives between the two agencies. The DHS Special Adviser to our Office of Law Enforcement Coordination continues to coordinate these initiatives.


  • The President of IACLEA is now a member of the FBI Director's Law Enforcement Advisory Group.
  • The FBI Police Executive Fellowship Program now includes a position for a campus law enforcement representative.
  • The FBI, in partnership with DHS, IACLEA, and the IACP, conducted a listening session at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in spring 2006 to identify lessons learned by campus public safety executives in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This session also included lessons learned from incidents involving explosives in October 2005 on the campuses of Oklahoma University and Georgia Tech.
  • We worked with DHS and IACLEA to develop a campus-specific Threat & Risk Assessment instrument, which is available to colleges and universities nationwide.
  • We assisted DHS, IACLEA, and the IACP in developing a Campus Protective Measures document, which is available to all colleges and universities.
  • IACLEA is providing input to the FBI's National Security Higher Education Advisory Board.
  • The FBI Campus Public Safety Coordination Group was created in November 2006 as an internal, unofficial entity to help ensure coordinated efforts and consistent messages from the FBI to institutions of postsecondary education in the U.S.
  • Efforts are underway to increase the participation of campus public safety officials in our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, in Law Enforcement Online, and in InfraGard.
  • With DHS funding, campus public safety officers are now receiving unified command system training, and Emergency Operation Plans guidelines have been developed and disseminated by IACLEA.
  • IACLEA, with DHS funding, developed a Guide to Enhanced Communications Between Campus Public Safety Agencies and Federal-State-Local Emergency Responders.
  • The FBI, DHS, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance were instrumental in getting a campus public safety executive assigned to the U.S. Department of Justice Counter-Terrorism Training Coordination Working Group.
  • The DHS Special Adviser to the FBI Office of Law Enforcement Coordination represents both agencies on an advisory board tasked with developing plans for a National Center for Campus Public Safety. The advisory board operates under the auspices of, and with funding from, the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
  • IACLEA and the IACP College and University Police Section provided input to DHS and the U.S. Department of Education for the Education Sub-Sector Specific Plan in support of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.