Department of Homeland Security Strives to Make College Campuses Safer

By Catherine Groux
Posted February 05, 2013 12:00 PM

The DHS is striving to make college campuses even safer for students.
The DHS is striving to make college campuses even safer for students.

In order to make colleges across the country safer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the launch of the Campus Resilience Pilot Program, a press release states. With assistance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice, the pilot program will allow the DHS to work with state, local and private sector organizations to bolster the safety of college campuses.

During the initial phase of the pilot, the DHS will select six colleges to take part in an emergency preparedness and resilience planning program. These schools will then have the opportunity to improve their campus emergency and resilience plans, while also giving students and campus leaders the chance to take part in facilitated community engagement work.

"DHS is committed to working with our partners throughout government and in the academic community to make our nation's college and university campuses more safe, secure and resilient," said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. "Through the Campus Resilience Pilot Program, we will support campuses and communities in leveraging existing capabilities and seeking new and innovative approaches to making campuses more resilient."

While colleges across the country have already made great strides in ensuring their campuses are safe for associate's and bachelor's degree seekers, there is still a great deal of work to be done. In 2011 alone, there were 16 murders on college campuses, along with more than 20,000 cases of burglary and over 2,400 cases of aggravated assault, the Department of Education reports.

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