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June 18, 2004


UW-RF Public Safety Director Named President-Elect of International Campus Security Organization

Priscilla Stevens, director of public safety at UW-River Falls, was named president-elect of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) at its annual meeting in Ottawa in June.

Stevens has been IACLEA's Mid-American regional director for three years and a member since 1987.

"These are important times in campus protection services," says Stevens. "The federal government has recognized that university campuses are soft targets for terrorism, so it is important for campus security officers to be trained in awareness as they are the first responders in any emergency."

IACLEA has received a $2 million federal grant from the Office of Domestic Preparedness for Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Training. The organization has just finished the "train-the -trainers" phase of the program with the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education as Louisiana State University.

"We are well into the second phase of the federal grant with the goal of training 30,000 officers in having better awareness of weapons of mass destruction," said Stevens. "As president-elect I will continue supporting board members who are working on WMD training and support our president's current initiatives."

Stevens will spend the 2004-05 year preparing for the office of president. In June 2005 she will begin a two-year term as the second woman president of IACLEA, following Dolores Stafford, chief of police at George Washington University.

She is also the second public safety director from UW-River Falls to serve as IACLEA president; former director and predecessor O.J. Clark served as president several years ago.

IACLEA advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy and professional development for its members. Founded in 1958, the organization now has more than 1,600 member institutions in 20 countries. It publishes a bimonthly journal, "Campus Law Enforcement Journal."

Other current IACLEA endeavors include:
•Obtained a $50,000 grant from the Department of Justice to develop an accreditation program for campus security officers and worked with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies to participate in the CommissionŐs Alliance Program.
• Developed and field-tested a threat assessment survey with the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.
• Collaborations with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Domestic Preparedness, FBI and U.S. Attorney General.

Prior to coming to UW-River Falls in 1997, Stevens was chief of public safety at Wheaton College in Illinois and a police officer in Illinois and Arkansas. She holds a B.A. in criminal justice/vocal performance from John Brown University and has studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and abroad in Salzburg, Austria.

"On campus, our goal is to make the campus community as safe as possible for study, work and play," Stevens says. "If there is a sense of security then students can study the best they can and make the most of their college experience."

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