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LEADERS & INNOVATORS
John Venuti, assistant
vice president of campus
safety at Virginia Common-
wealth University, focuses
on 21st-century policing
goals. Page 3
Lawrence M. Zacarese,
Esq., outlines the chal-
lenges of sending emer-
gency alerts. Page 6
MANAGING YOUR OFFICE
development with staff
members’ tasks. Page 7
LAWSUITS & RULINGS
Review recent court
rulings. Pages 10–11
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Adopt a trauma-informed response
to sexual assault investigations
By Joan Hope, Ph.D., Editor
When you’re investigating a sexual assault allegation, understanding
how trauma impacts victims can help you conduct a comprehensive and
fair investigation. Josh Bronson, director of training for the International
Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, formerly the lead
sexual assault investigator at the University of Maryland, developed training
on trauma-informed investigations for IACLEA.
When many campus safety professionals were trained in how to conduct
investigations, they didn’t learn how trauma impacts the victim and impacts
the investigation. But gaining this understanding can help you create a process
that’s more fair. It’s like the change in CPR, Bronson said. Many people learned
to do 15 compressions and two breaths. Now, compressions only are recom-
mended, he said. As with CPR, the process for sexual assault investigations
should change to reﬂect current knowledge.
Tragedies call for re-evaluating approach
to event safety, security
By Timothy O’Brien
The horriﬁc and tragic shooting at the concert in Las Vegas and the use of
trucks as deadly weapons in large crowds in France and New York have once again
thrust the issues of event-related safety, security, and liability into the spotlight.
These recent occurrences must be viewed in the context of the growing
number of mass casualty catastrophes and recognized as a new threat. For
whatever reason, individuals have become focused on wreaking death and
destruction at large gatherings.
On the legal side of things, it didn’t take long after the horriﬁc tragedy for
victims’ families to ﬁle lawsuits against the host of the concert, many indi-
viduals to blame various entities, and news pundits to begin second-guessing
the prevention and response strategies.
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