The goal of the
National Center for Campus Public Safety ( NCCPS)
is to become the fusion point where so many of the campus safety initiatives from across the Nation can be coalesced into a central resource where the critical information needs of the community can be met. The environment of campus safety has grown increasingly complex over the last several decades creating an environment where significant challenges continue for those providing campus public safety services.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides leadership and assistance to local criminal justice programs that improve and reinforce the nation's criminal justice system. BJA's goals are to reduce and prevent crime, violence, and drug abuse and to improve the way in which the criminal justice system functions. In order to achieve such goals, BJA programs illustrate the coordination and cooperation of local, state, and federal governments. BJA works closely with programs that bolster law enforcement operations, expand drug courts, and provide benefits to safety officers. BJA is comprised of three key areas: Policy, Programs, and Planning.
The Policy Office acts as a national leader for criminal justice policy, training, and technical assistance to advance the direction of justice. It also acts as a connecting point with national organizations to set policy and help broadcast information on the best practices.The Programs Office organizes and manages all state and local grant programs. It functions as a direct line of communication to states, territories, and tribal governments because the office is responsible for providing assistance and coordinating resources. The Planning Office is responsible for providing overall BJA-wide coordination. It handles planning, communications, and budget formulation and execution. The purpose of this effort is to establish a National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in order to further the mission of the U.S. Department of Justice by providing objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge, information and tools to meet the challenges of campus public safety professionals, specifically at the college and university levels.
The Center needs to serve not only as a focal point for resources and information, but also as a national-level source of energy and direction to draw together the various professional groups in and outside academia, including advocacy organizations, campus law enforcement, and community leaders to ensure the proper and effective availability and distribution of critical information.