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National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security e-newsletter | July 1, 2021

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The Summer 2021 issue of GAMEDAY SECURITY magazine is now available! The past year has been challenging, and our industry friends and partners are working hard to ensure a safe return to U.S. sporting and entertainment events. This edition of the magazine covers topics on the latest practices, policies, and insights from professionals managing and working venues and events.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 12th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition to be held on November 9-10 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The theme of the conference is Reconnect. Reflect. Inspire. Thanks to Aluma for partnering with us on this event as Title Sponsor.

The conference will provide an opportunity to reconnect with peers, reflect on industry changes and technological advancements, and support and inspire professionals making a difference in the safety and security of the sports and entertainment industries.

Early-bird registration is available through Sept. 1 with fees of $500 for NCS⁴ Connect members and $535 for non-members. Prices will increase by $50 after Sept. 1.

Thank You to our Sponsors & Exhibitors

To register as an exhibitor, please visit the conference website. To request a sponsor packet or for assistance, please contact Sara.Priebe@usm.edu.

2021 Technology Alliance Members

The NCS⁴ Technology Alliance is an international consortium of leading architectural firms, service providers, and technology companies dedicated to spectator safety and security at sports and entertainment events. The Alliance consists of researchers, engineers, computer scientists, architects, and other stakeholders dedicated to spectator safety and security excellence through innovation. Most members are involved in safety and security at venues across the US and around the world, while others are seeking opportunities to integrate new and emerging technologies that have the capacity to contribute in a meaningful way. Click the link below to find out more about the Tech Alliance or its members.

New Benefits for Certified Sport Security Professionals (CSSP) and Sitting for the Exam at the National Conference

NCS⁴ has created a space for current CSSPs to share their insights and experiences, seek input from others holding the certification, and build valuable connections. We are proud to announce that all current CSSPs will receive a complimentary membership to NCS⁴ Connect, where they can engage professionals in the sports safety and security industries. Additionally, current CSSPs are invited to join a newly-created private group on LinkedIn. All current CSSPs were emailed information about the private LinkedIn group and complimentary NCS⁴ Connect membership. If you are a current CSSP and did not receive the aforementioned communication, please reach out to Joslyn.Zale@usm.edu.

The CSSP examination will be offered with no testing fee to eligible candidates on Tuesday, November 9, during the 12th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition. To be considered eligible to take the exam, individuals must complete and submit their CSSP Application, including the application fee, by September 1, 2021, to allow enough time for the NCS⁴ Certification Department to collect and process all supporting documentation. Approved candidates will receive a notification of test eligibility before arriving at the conference. Visit the conference website, click Attend, then Become Certified to learn more.

For more information about the Certified Sport Security Professional, visit the website by clicking the link below.

NCS⁴ Training Managers Speak at Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers (MASRO) Conference

Will Adams and Brooke Graves recently presented at MASRO’s 2021 Conference in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Their presentation was entitled “Sport and Special Event Planning,” where they discussed risk management planning concepts related to interscholastic athletics and after-school activities. They also conducted a survey, Mississippi School Resource Officers’ Perceptions of Risk Management, as part of their doctoral program research.

NCS⁴ in the News!

Daniel Ward, NCS⁴ Director of Training and Exercise, wrote an article that appears in the June issue of Athletic Business. The article focuses on understanding new patron screening technologies, considerations for operations, risk management, and governance.

Congratulations and Farewell

Please join the NCS⁴ staff in wishing employees well as they depart for new roles.

Congratulations and best wishes to:

  • Dr. Justin Kurland, Director of Research, accepted a position outside of academia.
  • Tyler Jacobs, Graduate Assistant, accepted a position in the Management Trainee Program at Andy Frain Services.
  • Sonny Mattera, Web Developer, accepted a position with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

We wish you success as you begin a new chapter!

NCS⁴ Seeking Applicants for Training Manager Position

NCS⁴ is now hiring for the position of Training Manager. This person will be part of a dynamic team of individuals responsible for the day-to-day supervision of instructional and support staff, including evaluations, scheduling, and administrative oversight for the DHS/FEMA sport safety and security training program. For more information about the position or to apply, click the link below.

If you know of someone who might be a good fit for the position, please share this information with them. Thank you!

As people in the U.S. continue to get vaccinated and cities and states begin to reopen, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and Event Safety Alliance (ESA), in partnership with Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), Coalition of Performing Arts Centers, and National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) have joined together to research, create and present “Safe In Sound,” a free reopening checklist for the live entertainment industry. This toolkit was developed after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and based on the most up-to-date guidance and resources available at Guidance for COVID-19 | CDC. It serves as the framework for venues and promoters to reopen fully as safely as possible. The checklist addresses every major issue involved in producing a safe live event, both front of house and back of house.

Fundamentals of Crowd Safety Course Offered Online

NCS⁴ and GKStill International have partnered to jointly offer the Fundamentals of Crowd Safety online E-Learning course to address capability gaps in crowd behavior and sciences. Professor Dr. G. K. Still, Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester University, developed this certified, accredited course. The course offers an 8-hour online interactive experience designed to teach the essential elements of crowd safety and crowd risk analysis. The course is especially valuable to event organizers, as it ensures that those who complete it are compliant with the NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code — specifically, the areas of section 12 of the code that require a venue to provide a crowd manager trained in crowd management techniques for occupancies exceeding 1000.

SPORTS SECURITY WATCH

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Inquiry Slams Security Faults Before Manchester Arena Attack

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Sunshine Coast Live Music Venue Owner Critical of Inconsistent COVID-19 Safety Rules

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Sports Fans Warned: You will be Guinea Pigs at UK Summer Events

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International Coalition Formed by Sports-Focused NGOs Seeks to Promote Health Protocol Verification of Venue Operations at Global Scale in Light of COVID-19

PRNewswire -- A coalition of some of the world's most prominent non-governmental organizations focused on sports and planetary health announced today that they have joined with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to launch a global awareness campaign to advance health and safety practices in venues of all sizes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

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The age of the long trough-style urinal at football stadiums might be dead. The return of football fans to stadiums after the better part of a year away due to COVID-19 restrictions is a welcome one. “Football is nothing without fans” goes the motto, and a live audience to interact and enliven the football experience is a welcome one. Read More