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Public-Safety-Summer-Camp-is-a-Huge-Hit-with-Middle-School-Youth---logoMore than three dozen Pinellas County middle school students attended the 2014 Public Safety Summer Camp hosted by the Center for Public Safety Innovation at SPC’s Allstate Center June 16-20.

Campers got a broad and diverse taste of the public safety profession and learned:

  • lifesaving techniques of CPR
  • how K-9 dogs are used to fight crime
  • how criminal investigations are conducted, including fingerprinting, evidence collection and preservation techniques
  • the importance of internet safety
Students participate in a rock wall climbing exercise to better understand the physical challenges faced by law enforcement.

Students participate in a rock wall climbing exercise to better understand the physical challenges faced by law enforcement.

Students got to spend time with SPC Law Enforcement Academy recruits and learned firsthand what it is like to train as a law enforcement officer. Students learned about the physical requirements for a career in public safety and how to overcome challenges through a rock wall climbing experience.

Speakers at the camp included St. Petersburg Police Chief David DeKay, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg Nikki Gaskin-Capehart and Executive Director of SPC’s Center for Public Safety Innovation Eileen LaHaie. The three discussed the importance public safety plays in the community and how campers would interact with public safety professionals during the summer camp.

The camp also included several field trips to the:

  • St. Petersburg Police Department
  • Pinellas County Justice Center
  • St. Petersburg Fire Department

“I loved the field trips,” said camper Anthony Massa, 12. “We got to see some interesting places and see what those jobs were like.”

The week-long camp culminated in a graduation ceremony where campers received certificates of completion. All of the parents surveyed indicated that the summer camp was a great experience for their children and 96 percent of the students would recommend the camp to their friends.

Several agencies were contributed to this year’s summer camp:

  • Pinellas County Campus Police
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Petersburg Police
  • St. Petersburg Fire Department

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J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs' Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock, retired Chief Executive Officer at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center, was named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

PCFCA President Chief Bert Polk, along with fellow fire chiefs, county staff and SPC Fire Training Center staff, met with Brock to recognize his contributions to fire service education and the fire academy over the years.

Brock retired as the Allstate Center’s Campus Executive Officer on June 30.

View the SPC Facebook gallery to view more photos from the event.

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The Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College will present a seminar on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the Castle Doctrine and the legal responsibilities of using a firearm.

The half-day seminar, from noon to 4 p.m. or from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, is open to the public, law enforcement officers and others who carry a gun. It will be at the Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

The training will examine Florida law, case law and the importance of knowing licensing requirements when carrying a concealed firearm.

The seminar presenter, Attorney Chip Purcell, will share his knowledge and expertise of these laws. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, College of Law. He is a practicing attorney in the State of Oklahoma and the State of Florida. He is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Western District of Oklahoma and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Purcell is a former prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Tampa and has lectured on constitutional law, criminal trial procedure and construction lien laws in Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association. He has served as a board member for state and local charities.

The seminar cost is $59. To register online, sign in or create a profile, then select the class under the category Public Safety, Criminal Justice In-service. Questions: Contact Mary Weingart at weingart.mary@spcollege.edu or 727-341-4500.

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The Tampa Bay Times reported on a pilot program at St. Petersburg College that provides new firefighters with intensive training and help getting their first jobs.

Program participants, in addition to classroom training, intern with four departments in Pinellas County, the article stated. It enables them to experience firsthand what life as a firefighter is all about. Thought to be the only of its kind in Florida, the program took about a year to create. The first students have just entered it.

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Daniel Barto, Director, Collegewide Security Services

Daniel Barto, Director, Collegewide Security Services

SPC’s Director of Collegewide Security Services Daniel Barto was part of the discussion about college campus safety in Tallahassee Wednesday.

Barto co-presented to the Senate Education Appropriations Committee on the issue. The group heard testimony from campus police chiefs.

Florida’s lawmakers are working on school safety plans at the college level, according to news reports. The campus police chiefs talked with lawmakers about the need for more money to cover the cost of more officers and updated equipment and additional training to identify students with mental health issues. They also said they wanted to work toward better communication between campus police and local law enforcement.

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Todd Kirchgraber, the training director for SPC’s Center for Public Safety, was quoted in an article in USA Today College looking at how groups at colleges and universities are trying to help tackle the problem of human trafficking.

“(Trafficking involves) people of all ages, all races, all national origins. The key is not to focus into any single attribute but to look at the broad spectrum, and that’s what we’re getting the general public to do,” Kirchgraber said in the article. He is part of a movement put on by the school to educate officers and the public about the signs of human trafficking.

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SPC storm information

The college is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac. At this time, the college is operating normally. Updates about the possible effects on the college’s operations will be posted every four hours, or more frequently as necessary, beginning at noon Friday at www.spcollege.edu/prepare. Beginning at noon Sunday, updates will be issued every two hours, or more often as needed, until the storm passes.

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Last fall, SPC launched its “Say Yes to the Text” campaign in an effort to get students, staff and faculty to opt in to the SPC Alert notification system.

The system keeps users informed about:

  • Security advisements
  • Weather notifications
  • Status of Campus Operations
  • Important academic deadlines

About 19 percent of students, faculty and staff have opted in to the text message service, which is within the average range for schools that are beginning to use the notification system. However, not everyone has completed all of the necessary steps to become enrolled.

“As soon as there is a new student applicant added into SPC, SchoolMessenger automatically sends out a text message every Friday asking for the new student to opt in,” said Patrick Booth, Coordinator of Enrollment Management Services. “Basically, on the student side, it should automatically pull in the student’s mobile phone number from MySPC. If the student did not list a mobile number, they will manually need to add it.”

Unlike students, faculty and staff mobile phone information does not pull into the system automatically. “They will need to manually add their mobile number and check both boxes,” Booth said.

“We’re just trying to get as many students and employees to opt-in as possible,” he said.

To ensure you are properly enrolled, complete the following:

Step one: Login to http://my.spcollege.edu and select “Personal Information” from the Employee Services, Self Service section.

Step two: Under “Emergency Cell/Text Options,” type in your cell phone number and make sure both the “Contact by Cell Phone” and “Contact by Text message” boxes are selected.

Step three: On your cell phone, text “Yes” to phone number 68453. This manual step must be completed in order to receive text messages via cell phone. Only about three text messages are sent per month.

“Most people I talk to as I go around to do trainings are relatively excited about this and would like to be part of it,” said Bill Grey, Emergency Management Coordinator. “Our goal is to make sure everyone knows the process so they can participate.”

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As you make your way to work at SPC Downtown and Midtown, or to events at the Palladium Theater, make note of parking restrictions, road closures and possible delays from Thursday, Aug. 23-Friday, Aug. 31 due to events surrounding the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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emergency resonder guideEmergency responders need to be ready to face any emergency and they may not always know how to meet the unique needs of every individual. Imagine responding to an emergency and finding that the person in need cannot understand you, or cannot hear you, or is unable to move or be moved.

St. Petersburg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI), in partnership with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), created a flip book, online resource and video entitled, “Emergency Response for People Who Have Access and Functional Needs: A Guide for First Responders.”

The resource provides a reference tool for emergency personnel who assist people with access and functional needs during and after an emergency. Although limited quantities of this flip book are available in print, all of the content can be viewed, copied and printed online for free. This online resource can be very helpful at a time when many agencies cannot afford training resources due to tight budgets.

“We are pleased to share this resource with other programs in the College and with the clinicians in our local community that can benefit from the critical information provided,” said Eileen LaHaie, CPSI Executive Director.

“Our thanks to CPSI for their assistance with our February 2012 CME course,” said Glenn Davis, EMS/CME Program Coordinator. “This is an excellent example of the benefits of interdepartmental collegiality. Two departments with similar goals and objectives, working together to benefit a larger number of students.”

The resource provides essential tips for assisting people of all ages with various access and functional needs, including: sensory, cognitive and mobility disabilities, language and cultural differences, transportation limitations and medical needs. It covers how to assist people in private homes, institutions and congregate care facilities.

CPSI recently offered this resource at no cost to another program at St. Petersburg College, the Emergency Medical Services/Continuing Medical Education (EMS/CME) program. The guide also has been included in the EMS/CME program’s February 2012 online ANGEL training for Pinellas County EMS and is well suited for the 1,500-plus local EMS clinicians in Pinellas County.

CPSI has already received requests for the resource from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Virginia Medical Response Council, Fairfax (Va.) Emergency Management, Kent County (Mich.) Health Department, Los Angeles County Disaster Management and other state and local responder agencies across the country.

CPSI’s mission is to develop and deliver high quality training for emergency and first responders, military personnel, and the general public. CPSI responds to local and national training needs, working closely with long-time partners, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State and others, to deliver training throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Central America. CPSI has three distinct divisions: the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program, the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute (NTPI), and the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute (FL RCPI).

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