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The National Crime Prevention Council’s Celebrate Safe Communities Events Highlight a Community’s Role in School and Campus Safety This Week

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NCPC will continue to build a link with area schools and their local communities for the safest school environments for youth today.

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The National Crime Prevention Council celebrates National Crime Prevention Month in October and this week, the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative highlights the importance of school and campus safety for today’s youth, 85 percent of whom experienced incidents of crime on school grounds during the 2008 school year. Celebrate Safe Communities registrants will hold local community events this week, displaying useful resources and tips for parents, teachers and community members to help create the safest learning environments for area schools and campuses.

Acts of crime and violence at schools not only affect the individuals involved, but also disrupt the educational process and affect the school itself, along with its surrounding community. Students with good social bonds and community involvement are less likely to become violent perpetrators on school grounds, according to the Institute for Violence Prevention and Applied Criminology.

“Parents, teachers, and administrators expect schools to be safe havens for learning,” said National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) President and CEO Ann M. Harkins, “Local communities expect the same; therefore, NCPC will continue to build a link with area schools and their local communities for the safest school environments for youth today.”

The Celebrate Safe Communities initiative partners with the American School Counselor Association and Margolis Healy & Associates during School and Campus safety week. A recent podcast with Margolis Healy & Associates’ Managing Director, Steven Healy, provides useful insight for increased school and campus safety and addresses the best practices in crime prevention at institutions of higher education. Celebrate Safe Communities registrants receive free access to the podcast and are able to download various online resources including tip sheets and toolkits to help create successful theme-based events on school and campus safety in their community this week.

NCPC also offers training curriculum and year-round courses for school administrators, which include the best practices for crime prevention awareness within a school environment. NCPC also works with campus law enforcement agencies across the country, arming them with useful tips and information on the best crime prevention strategies for school and campus environments.

The nationwide Celebrate Safe Communities initiative is a joint effort by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. For additional information on the Celebrate Safe Communities program and to view the Celebrate Safe Communities events held throughout the country, visit http://www.celebratesafecommunities.org.

About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips that protect what matters most—you, your family, and your community. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out of Crime®,” visit http://www.ncpc.org.

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Further Information:
Chantez Bailey
202-261-4120
cbailey(at)ncpc(dot)org

Michelle Boykins
202-261-4184
mboykins(at)ncpc(dot)org

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