Feds Issue Guidance on Campus Policing

September 9, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education and the Justice Department on Thursday released guidance on campus policing that draws from the final report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The task force's broad recommendations are designed to "help campus and local law enforcement both keep students safe and safeguard students' civil rights," John King Jr., the Secretary of Education, said in a written statement. The report covers changes to the culture of policing, embracing community policing concepts, ensuring fair and impartial policing, focusing on officer wellness and safety, implementing new technologies, and building community capital.

"We look to the campus policing community both as agents for public safety and advocates for student success," King said. "As you prepare to begin the new academic year, it is important that you focus on the effectiveness of safety enforcement and policing on your campus, as well as analyze and take action on opportunities for improvement."

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