H. R. 748
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 28, 2009
Mr. Scott of Virginia (for himself and Mr. Gohmert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To establish and operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety.
This Act may be cited as the
Center to Advance, Monitor, and
Preserve University Security Safety Act of 2009 or the
CAMPUS Safety Act of
National center for campus public safety
Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3711 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new part:
National Center for Campus Public Safety
National Center for Campus Public Safety
Authority To establish and operate Center
The Director of the
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is authorized to establish and
operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety (referred to in this section
The Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is authorized to award grants to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations to assist in carrying out the functions of the Center required under subsection (b).
Functions of the Center
The Center shall—
provide quality education and training for campus public safety agencies of institutions of higher education and the agencies’ collaborative partners, including campus mental health agencies;
foster quality research to strengthen the safety and security of institutions of higher education;
serve as a clearinghouse for the identification and dissemination of information, policies, procedures, and best practices relevant to campus public safety, including off-campus housing safety, the prevention of violence against persons and property, and emergency response and evacuation procedures;
develop protocols, in conjunction with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Education, State, local, and tribal governments and law enforcement agencies, private and nonprofit organizations and associations, and other stakeholders, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from, natural and man-made emergencies or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the campus community;
promote the development and dissemination of effective behavioral threat assessment and management models to prevent campus violence;
coordinate campus safety information (including ways to increase off-campus housing safety) and resources available from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, State, local, and tribal governments and law enforcement agencies, and private and nonprofit organizations and associations;
increase cooperation, collaboration, and consistency in prevention, response, and problem-solving methods among law enforcement, mental health, and other agencies and jurisdictions serving institutions of higher education;
develop standardized formats and models for mutual aid agreements and memoranda of understanding between campus security agencies and other public safety organizations and mental health agencies; and
report annually to Congress and the Attorney General on activities performed by the Center during the previous 12 months.
Coordination with available resources
In establishing the Center, the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services shall—
consult with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Education, and the Attorney General of each State; and
coordinate the establishment and operation of the Center with campus public safety resources that may be available within the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Education.
Definition of institution of higher education
In this section, the term institution of higher education has the meaning given the term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001).
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $2,750,000 for each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2013.