Chief of police one of 25 to meet with Congress on campus safety

Regina Lawson, Wake Forest University, Chief of Police and Vickie Weaver, Immediate Past President of IACLEA enroute to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

WFU Chief of Police Regina Lawson and Vickie Weaver, immediate past president of IACLEA, head out to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) 8th annual Capitol Hill Day was held on March 26, Washington, DC. Each year, IACLEA has selected a delegation of representatives to participate in the event. This year, Wake Forest Chief of University Police Regina Lawson was selected.

Twenty-five IACLEA members and colleagues from the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) from 16 states and the District of Columbia participated in about 70 meetings with members of Congress or their staffers to discuss current trends and challenges in campus law enforcement. Topics of discussion included:

  • Regulatory Reform – The Clery Act was passed almost 25 years ago to provide crime statistics on college and university campuses so that prospective and current students would know about safety on campus. The Act grew to include requirements for emergency drills and other related issues. The law is less than 10 pages yet the regulations implementing the law and the associated handbook require more than 600 pages.
  • Gender Violence on Campus – Gender violence and harassment are unacceptable crimes. Estimates are that four of five incidents go unreported and that means campus public safety has no way to investigate and, when warranted, proceed to bring the alleged perpetrator to court or an administrative body for justice.
  • National Center for Campus Public Safety – As a resource for college and university first responders, this new center will conduct research, create an information clearinghouse and provide training to support campus law enforcement.
  • The Sean Collier Bill – If passed, the law would provide equity in death benefits to the families of sworn officers who are employed at private institutions. Sean Collier was the MIT campus police officer killed in the line of duty during the search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. IACLEA President David Perry presented the 2015 Congressional Champion Award to U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York in recognition for his strong support for campus public safety and, in particular, the Sean Collier Bill.

“It was an honor to be selected as a delegate to attend the IACLEA conference and to discuss with lawmakers important issues that affect campus safety both nationally and locally at Wake Forest University,” said Lawson.