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FAA provides new registration protocol for UAS users

An issue of growing importance to college & university police and security agencies across California has been addressed in part by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.

“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”

For the rest of this important announcement, and the link to the registration outlet provided by the FAA, visit http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19856.

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CCUPCA continues to study the “drone culture” and its implications for higher education’s future security.   UAS use over college campus properties can represent immediate safety concerns and raises significant security vulnerabilities at special events, during tactical and emergency conditions, and privacy issues in residential facilities, as well as research exposure threats among laboratories and similar settings.  CCUPCA encourages you to share your institution’s interests and concerns regarding UAS use by contacting the CCUPCA Legislative Chair, Stan Skipworth.

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CCUPCA Readies for 24th Annual Legislative Day, April 12-13

Once again, the California College & University Police Chiefs Association will trek to our State Capital, where important legislative objectives will be fully engaged in dialog and in preparation for bill development.

As you know, CCUPCA was particularly successful in its legislative advocacy, supporting or sponsoring, and then seeing all three of its legislative actions be passed by both houses and signed into law by the Governor.   These three bills resolved in many cases decades-old limitations and vulnerabilities for California’s higher education law enforcement community.  They included:

  • In August, California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Senate Bill 424, resolving a decades-old statutory inconsistency by authorizing campus police officers to record pre-textual calls as part of criminal investigations. In this same bill, the Governor also authorized campus law enforcement officers to be equipped with body cameras.
  • In September, both houses again passed CCUPCA-sponsored legislation, by approving Senate Bill 707, designed specifically to resolve a significant vulnerability in California’s Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995, prohibiting anyone who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon to carry a firearm on campus without written authorization from campus officials. Moreover, this same bill provided the ability for honorably-retired police officers to carry firearms on campus. Governor Brown signed this bill into law in October.
  • Lastly, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 636 which requires post-secondary education institutions to disclose to law enforcement the identity of an alleged assailant if the institution determines that the alleged assailant represents a serious or ongoing threat to the safety of the campus community and the immediate assistance of law enforcement is necessary. This bill specifically addresses an unintended vulnerability that arose from a bill in the previous California-legislative session, while also preserving the federal requirements for reporting as outlined in both Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Act.

This year, CCUPCA seeks to resolve one bill that was uniquely successful in both houses in Sacramento, but vetoed by the Governor, and to pursue a highly critical objective to bring about some of the most important legislation higher education law enforcement in California’s colleges must achieve to truly be capable of providing consistent standards and resources to students, faculty, staff and visitors to higher education campuses.

 

Senate Bill 333 (2015)

First, Senate Bill 333, which was passed by both houses of the State Legislature without a dissenting vote (118-0), but was vetoed by Governor Brown in October 2015.  SB 333 was written to rectify an unintended consequence of California’s Proposition 47, by restoring felony-level violations for persons possessing ‘date rape’ drugs that include Rohypnol, GHB and ketamine.

Because of interest by other organizations who did not recognize CCUPCA’s vast and immediate relevance to this bill’s purpose, our organization was not included among the bill’s supporters last year–a position we are working to establish very early for the upcoming legislative session–and we will provide a leadership role in the advocacy of this bill for 2016.

 

Equal Protections Bill

Secondly, CCUPCA has taken the lead role in bringing greater continuity and consistency in the application of all relevant laws and statues for security and public safety departments of private colleges and universities to those of the police departments of the public colleges and universities in the state.

It is the position of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association that existing laws suppress the opportunity of private institutions to protect its constituencies in a manner and through the use of laws that public departments can. These differences in turn are illustrated in the form of fewer options for private college security departments to prevent opportunity for crime, respond to in-progress crimes in a similarly effective manner, and to take actions that officers of public institutions have available to them.

The end result of these differences are campus environments in which private, campus safety departments cannot remedy criminal and hazardous activities that are observed or reported as thoroughly as the public campus police officers. Criminals and other persons who represent imminent threats learn these campuses and their inherent vulnerabilities borne from the limited abilities of their departments, and in turn commit more crime and more nefarious activity knowing that the likelihood of apprehension, arrest and prosecution is significantly reduced.

This constitutes a failure to provide equal protections of all persons who attend or visit a campus of higher education in the State of California solely because of whether the college is a public or private institution. That discrepancy is furthered by a wide array of State statutes that render private campus safety departments unable to take actions as immediately and effectively as their counterparts at public schools.

This expectation to protect equally and serve consistently is further exacerbated when the fact that the California Penal Code also specifically authorizes public K-12 school district and community college peace officers to work as Police Officers when they complete training requirements—the same training requirements that the overwhelming majority of private college public safety department personnel also complete. (California Penal Code Section 830.32 (c); Penal Code Section 832.3).

To read the entire draft position statement on this effort, please visit CCUPCA Legislative Objective 2016.

If you are interested in attending other functions included during the Law Enforcement Legislative Day schedule of activities, you can register for the Master Class and Legislative Day Training sponsored by our partners at CPOA, by visiting the registration site HERE.

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CCUPCA Membership Renewal Period Coming Soon

The California College & University Police Chiefs Association reminds all of our current members, and our future members as well, that the renewal for memberships will be January 1, 2016.  Membership registration is good for the upcoming calendar year (2016).

Please note that also effective January 1st will be new CCUPCA membership rates.  These rates will include:

  • $99 for individual membership
  • $299 for institutional membership
  • $499 for corporate membership

These rates were established after research of similar professional organizations and surveying, and we are proud to continue to offer all of our existing CCUPCA membership, training and information services as well as maintain our excellent recent and current legislative activities on behalf of higher education law enforcement among the colleges and universities across California.  And, with CCUPCA entering it’s 35th year of service to California’s college and university law enforcement leaders, the 35th anniversary-year of CCUPCA promises to bring new and very valuable additions to our family of resources.

To take advantage of these last few days of 2015 and register your membership before the new rates take effect, visit http://ccupca.com/membership-sign-up/ today.

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CCUPCA, IACLEA Mourns the loss of Officer Garrett Swasey

The California College & University Police Chiefs Association joins our colleagues at the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in honoring the memory of University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, who was slain in the line of duty on November 27th in Colorado Springs.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

The IACLEA announcement regarding Officer Swasey can be read at Officer Garrett Swasey Statement_IACLEA-Nov302015.

 

 

 

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Social Media Monitoring Article Highlights Work of LA County Sheriff

Featured in the November issue of Campus Security Report, Deputy Tony Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provides an insightful and informative look into an effective social media marketing program designed to detect the earliest warning signs of threats.

CCUPCA-member LASD provides campus security and protection to several community college campuses in Los Angeles County and uses its social media monitoring programs to identify key words and phrases within a variety of popular communications applications to maintain safety on their campuses.   Deputy Moore’s unit is a leader in the use of social media in law enforcement, and has provided training to more than 1,500 sworn and civilian police officials at 150 agencies in five countries.

For more information, see the full article HERE.

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Save the Date–CCUPCA Spring Conference April 5-7, 2016

The California College & University Police Chiefs Association is proud to announce the dates and location for its 2016 Annual Spring Conference and General Assembly.

This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel in South Lake Tahoe.  The conference will run from April 5th through 7th, and will once again feature an ensemble of outstanding presenters on the prevailing issues for California campus policing among higher education institutions.

Based on the ongoing highly-positive response and interest between our conference attendees and our expo participants.  CCUPCA is also proud to continue to host one of the most engaging and productive corporate-partner and vendor expos in the industry.  Registration for the CCUPCA Spring Conference Expo and Sponsors Program will open soon.

For more information, visit the CCUPCA Events website.

Not a CCUPCA yet?  Join us now by clicking HERE.

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CCUPCA Pauses to Reflect

On Friday, November 13th, the world learned of the series of vicious attacks that took place in several areas across Paris, France. In what has become an all-too familiar news item, dozens of people were the victims of terrorist activities focused upon a variety of venues and all within a window of approximately 30 minutes.

It is particularly saddening to learn that among the earliest information about those who perished in these attacks, a student at California State University, Long Beach was among them. We among CCUPCA are both friends and close colleagues with many of the CSULB 49er Family.

The member agencies of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association share in this loss. On each college campus, we know that among those we serve there are but two groups: those who are colleagues, and those who are colleagues whom we simply haven’t met yet. Students, faculty, and professional staff all come together to compose communities, and in turn, a very special larger community that is higher education. Day to day, we work together to solve challenges that often are not confined to the borders of the schools we all serve, nor the industry our institutions are part of.

When the news of a senseless and tragic act of violence occurs near our own communities, we are stunned, angered, and irreparably changed. When the news of an even more horrific sequence of events becomes known, we are all those things and also confused. Often we are confused because the distance that separates us from the images and activities that our own peers—those first responders who serve their communities around the world—cannot allow us to reach out as easily and swiftly to those who might be capable of helping us to understand what has occurred, who may be involved, and perhaps most importantly of all, why.

In addition to being public safety professionals, the individual members of CCUPCA are also fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters to all students who have the courage and passion to study abroad. Theirs is a courage to learn new methods and new theories, and the courage to meet new people and learn new ways of life. This is a courage we do not often remind ourselves of—but we should.

We should because without that courage, those who have chosen a calling in their desired field that includes travelling to new places around the globe also choose to accomplish a portion of their learning in locations that are very different, and often with known risk. We should also remember their courage because they are the ones willing to do some of the most significant work in bringing the world closer together.

As we continue to learn more of the tragedy of Paris, and while we pray for all whose lives have been inexplicably taken away and for the families who have suffered the greatest loss imaginable, we at CCUPCA also pause to pray for those who are part of the larger family we know as higher education.

Today, we are Parisians and we are also 49ers. We share in the immeasurable loss that has senselessly occurred in France and we share in the commitment to continue to serve our campus communities here to the best of our abilities and in a manner that will honor all of those who have chosen something greater through higher learning.

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CCUPCA Interviewed on California-Oregon Radio

CCUPCA Legislative Advocacy Chair Stan Skipworth appeared as a guest on the Jefferson Public Radio (NPR) morning program, “The Jefferson Exchange” to outline the purpose of California Senate Bill 707–signed into law by Governor Brown on October 10th–and the ongoing focus of California’s college and university police chiefs and campus safety directors to mitigate the opportunities for future gun-related violence on campuses.

Hosted by Geoffrey Riley and Emily Cureton, the interview was part of an hour-long segment focusing upon legislative activity designed to specifically restrict the carrying of concealed weapons on college and university campuses and bring greater effect to the California’s 1995 Gun Free School Zone Act.

The interview can be heard in its entirety here.

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CCUPCA Welcomes New member, University of Southern California

The California College & University Police Chiefs Association is proud to announce its newest member, the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety.

The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is one of the largest campus public safety departments in the United States employing 300+ full-time personnel and 30 part-time student workers.

Under the leadership of Chief John Thomas, the department’s primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment on campus and in the local USC community that allows students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to realize their academic and social pursuits.

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CCUPCA Legislative Advocacy Continues to Grow

This month, the following bills CCUPCA has sponsored or contributed to their final forms have passed through both houses and have arrived to the Governor’s Office for signature.

  • SB 707—which will prohibit a person who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon from bringing a weapon/firearm onto a campus without the express, written consent of the Executive Official of that higher education campus.  This significantly improves a vulnerability in the California Gun-Free School Zone Act.  This bill was led directly by CCUPCA because it holds a very consistent value and purpose for K-12 as well as Higher Education campuses—a rarer school safety opportunity to be sure.
  • SB 333—will immediately bring a remedy to a very serious, unintended consequence of Proposition 47.  SB 333 will restore possession of ‘date rape drugs’ that include GHB, Rohypnol, and Ketamine, as felonies.
  • AB 636—brings a solution to the problem caused by last year’s AB 1433.  AB 1433 included in its language the prohibition of all higher education officials from informing law enforcement of the identity of a sexual assault suspect when the reporting party chose to not seek prosecution of [her] assailant.  AB 636 will provide the specific ability and responsibility of campus officials to inform local law enforcement immediately of the identity of a suspect sexual assault suspect so that the greater community can be better served and protected by that local law enforcement’s ability to act responsibly with that information.

Under AB 636, college officials are neither required nor authorized to share any additional information when a reporting party chooses to not prosecute a known assailant, making the law much more appropriate to allow violent crime suspect information to be shared without compromising the identity or elements of a reported sexual assault likely to identify a survivor to the public.  CCUPCA actively proposed the need for this bill to several legislators during the time that a late-amended AB 1433 was being passed.  As the final version of AB 1433 was then voted upon and then became law, several legislators immediately re-contacted CCUPCA to offer their support to correct this limitation that has prevented campus safety officials from informing local communities (through their police departments) of a threat to personal safety in the form of possible sexual predators.

  • AB 160—will amend various California statutes related to criminal profiteering to now include immediate forfeiture of a property, proceeds and all assets gained by persons who are involved in pimping and pandering.  These violations become part of a long-established statute that includes trafficking of controlled substances (drug dealing), fraud, illegal gaming, kidnapping and other crimes.  This was a bill that CCUPCA established an early and strong level of support to help address human trafficking and other human-exploitation crimes.

CCUPCA is proud to continue to provide timely and accurate perspectives that will enhance campus safety and shared public policy interests with the communities its members share.