March 14, 2013 – Washington, DC – The VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) today credited a bi-partisan coalition of Congressional leaders, Virginia Congressmen Frank Wolf, a Republican, and Bobby Scott, a Democrat, for their successful work to establish a National Center for Campus Public Safety. In response to their requests, and in addition to a request from Virginia Senator Mark Warner, Attorney General Eric Holder has committed to establishing the Center initially using one million dollars of existing funding.
“We are grateful to our Congressional supporters and the Attorney General for the urgent consideration and response given to our request to establish the Center,” said Joe Samaha, VTV President and father of Reema Samaha who was killed in the April 16, 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. “The Center will provide ongoing support to improve campus safety and is an essential part of the solution to the tragic violence that plagues our nation’s campuses.”
The National Center for Campus Public Safety will strengthen collaboration by providing colleges and universities with consistent, high quality research, training and best practices on a comprehensive range of campus safety issues. Currently, campus public safety officers are the only first responders without a comprehensive federal support resource to share best practices, research and training.
“The Center will empower college and university officials to better protect students, employees and visitors on their campuses,” said S. Daniel Carter, Director of VTV’s 32 National Campus Safety Index. “In addition to the immediate funding, we also look forward to Congress promptly enacting the bi-partisan CAMPUS Safety Act which will permanently establish the Center and provide even more funding.”
About VTV Family Outreach Foundation
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by the families and survivors directly impacted by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. Determined to prevent a similar tragedy, the Foundation advocates for campus safety and security. To learn more, visit www.vtvfamilyfoundation.org.