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John Jay College Receives $768,000 Grant from US Department of Education

John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (US DOE) Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) awarded a $768,000 Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) grant to the College’s Office of Continuing and Professional Studies. The grant is for the development of the City University of New York All Campus Emergency Management System (CUNY ACEMS).

The proposed system entails:

• First, undertaking the first CUNY-wide, comprehensive opportunities assessment relative to emergency management across all segments of University life;

• Second, developing and installing a secure, searchable IT/GIS-based emergency management tool;

• Third, creating a shift in organizational culture that will support the implementation of a CUNY-wide Early Warning Early Detection System (EWEDS) that engages the participation of faculty, students and other members of the CUNY community in safety and security enhancement;

• Fourth, strengthening “bridges” linking CUNY to the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

According to Project Director Richard Glover, “The goal of this project is to develop a single, CUNY-wide, structured, comprehensive all-hazards, fully integrated plan between July 2009 and December 2010. As this goal is accomplished, the CUNY community will realize an increase in campus safety and the safety of the New York City physical communities of which the individual colleges are an integral part. The resulting CUNY ACEMS is intended to become a model of higher educational institution readiness and emergency management for small, medium and large campuses throughout the county.”

John Jay College will partner with the Borough of Manhattan Community College to expand the training offered to members of the CUNY campus community. This joint effort between a two-year and a four-year CUNY campus reflects a strategic plan to create a synergy resulting from the two campuses having been recipients of 2 of 5 grant awards made in New York State under US DOE’s EMHE grant program. John Jay College will coordinate overall emergency readiness management for CUNY while BMCC will function as the emergency management training center, taking full advantage of its new training facility in lower Manhattan.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice:An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.