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National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security e-newsletter | February 2, 2021

THANK YOU to All the Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors Who Helped Make NCS⁴’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum a Success!

Everyone who attended the forum has access to the recorded sessions on NCS⁴ Connect's membership website through March 2, 2021.

Less Than Two Weeks Remain Until the Professional Sports and Entertainment Forum – Register Now to Secure Your Spot!

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2021 Professional Sports and Entertainment Safety and Security Forum on February 16-17 in a LIVE virtual format. The objective of the Forum is to address critical safety and security challenges in the professional sports and entertainment industry through case study analysis, small group discussions, and workshop-style sessions.

The threat environment surrounding high-profile sport and entertainment events is continually evolving, and the impact of COVID-19 has affected all aspects of the professional sports and entertainment industry. Discussing current issues and exploring solutions in a forum environment will help safety and security managers, operations managers, and local and state law enforcement enhance safety and security plans and operations.

View the line-up of speakers, workshops, and topics on the agenda here.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Visit the website to register or for additional information.

Register Now for NCS⁴'s Interscholastic Forum!

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2021 Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Safety and Security Forum on March 9-10 in a LIVE virtual format. The objective of the Forum is to address critical safety and security challenges facing interscholastic athletics and after-school activities through case study analysis, small group discussions, and workshop-style sessions.

Confronted with the incredible task of ensuring the safety and security of those involved in high school athletics and after-school programs, high school officials must respond to emerging challenges by integrating and leveraging new resources and information. The environment and threats surrounding sports and activities is constantly evolving, and security concerns facing education prior to COVID-19 have not been eliminated. Discussing current issues and exploring solutions in a forum environment will help high school and athletic administrators, school resource officers, and law enforcement enhance safety and security plans and operations.

THANK YOU TO ESRI FOR HELPING MAKE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!

Reach out to sara.priebe@usm.edu if your company is interested in becoming a sponsor – only a few spots remain.

Visit the website to register or for additional information.

Make plans to join NCS⁴ November 9-10, 2021, in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Details coming soon!

Select Training Courses Available in a Live Virtual Format

The NCS⁴ is currently offering three safety and security courses in a live virtual format. Each DHS/FEMA-funded course has been converted from the original in-person format into a virtual format in order to adapt to the challenges resulting from the pandemic and meet current training needs.

Each of these courses is designed to be interactive and allow individuals to become more confident in their ability to identify, prevent, and manage incidents. The key principles that individuals will learn range from risk management, evacuation messaging, threat prioritization, and communication. Each class is being presented in a virtual format online that requires five hours each day for three consecutive days.

You can learn more about each of these courses by visiting the NCS⁴ website or by clicking on one of the following courses below:

AWR-167: Sport Event Risk Management

MGT-412: Sport Venue Evacuation and Protective Actions

MGT-466: Sport and Special Event Enhanced Risk Management and Assessment

These courses represent a cooperative effort between The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Security and Safety (USM/NCS⁴) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (TEEX/NERRTC), a member of The Texas A&M University System.

If you are interested in attending or hosting a virtual training, please email us at NCS4train@usm.edu.

Check Out the Latest Issue of NCS⁴’s Gameday Security magazine!

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