Margolis, Healy & Assocates has received a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/) 2010 Competitive Grant for Enhancing Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention. The BJA Grant Award provides resources to implement a project entitled, “Best Practices for Campus Crime Prevention: Developing Evidence Based Modern Crime Prevention Strategies for Institutions of Higher Education.” MH&A will partner with key stakeholders in the campus public safety, law enforcement, and the prevention communities, such as the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (iaclea), the IACP College and University Police Section, the National Crime Prevention Council, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention to carry out the grant.
MH&A will use an inclusive, research-focused strategy to identify, evaluate, refine and replicate best and promising practices in modern evidence-based and age-appropriate crime prevention programming at institutions of higher education. The premise for the grant is based on a general consensus that institutions of higher education continue to implement crime prevention strategies based on years old efforts originating from K-12 school and community settings, and with no consideration for modern communication and social interconnectedness, communication and developmental needs of the current generation of student, or the higher education settings. There is little unified acknowledgement and appreciation for the use of social networking (i.e., Facebook, MySpace, Twitter), Internet-based technology and modern communication, marketing and branding methods for modern campus crime prevention programming. The effectiveness of many current practices in campus crime prevention programming is questionable at best, and at worst, institutions are potentially missing opportunities to affirmatively impact student safety, both on and off campus.
- Producing crime prevention program templates, following research and analysis of evidence-based best practices in crime prevention, for identified crimes, and making them available to institutions across the country, at no cost.
- Website development to serve as a dissemination point for the crime prevention program templates and a social networking resource for campuses seeking further information and assistance on modern crime prevention strategies.
- Creation of a web-based Technical Assistance Center. The Technical Assistance Center will present findings at national or regional meetings of higher education associations and via web-based video and teleconferencing services.