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NCS⁴ NEWS e-newsletter | November 18, 2021

2021 Conference a Success

The NCS⁴ is proud to announce the successful completion of their 12th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition. The conference boasted the most exhibitors and sponsors in conference history and nearly 400 people in attendance.

The conference was the NCS⁴’s first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic began and provided 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.

The conference kicked off with Michael Bidwill, Arizona Cardinals’ Owner and President, as he welcomed attendees to his hometown of Phoenix. General sessions covered broad topics with panel discussions relevant to sports safety and security professionals in today’s ever-changing landscape, while breakout sessions allowed participants to engage with panelists and attendees on key issues.

In addition to keynote speakers, an awards luncheon, interactive panel discussions, and breakout sessions, attendees explored emerging technologies and networked with peers during the conference.

Planning for the 2022 Annual Conference is underway with details to be released soon. The event will be held June 28-30, 2022, at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando.

What people are saying about the conference

“The NCS⁴ annual conference is an excellent opportunity to compare notes with industry professionals, get advice from experts, and learn about available technology as well as emerging technology in the industry,” said Sgt. John Pepper, CSSP, Metropolitan Nashville Police.
“It felt good to return to the NCS⁴ Conference held in Phoenix,” said Brian Herbert, Golden State Warriors’ Vice President of Security. “I always look forward to insightful security-related content and good fellowship with our industry colleagues.”
“The networking and vendor access is unmatched when compared to similar conferences,” said Salvatore DeAngelis, Philadelphia Phillies’ Director of Operations/Security. “It is one of my favorite meetings of the year.”

Congratulations to 2021 Golden Eagle Award Recipient, Meridian Rapid Defense Group

Pictured, left to right, are Gary Merrill, SDM & Security Group Publisher; Eric Alms, Meridian Rapid Defense Group President; and Dr. Stacey A. Hall, NCS⁴ Executive Director and Professor of Sport Management.

The NCS⁴ and SDM & Security partnered to sponsor the 2021 Golden Eagle Award, which recognizes excellence in system integration, architecture, engineering, and/or construction (A/E/C) specifically related to the safety and security of spectators, property, and infrastructure of spectator event facilities. The top three finalists were chosen to present their case studies at the National Conference last week. Attendees voted on the presentations, and Meridian Rapid Defense Group was announced as the winner for their Tournament of Roses Game and Parade case study and presentation.

Photos from the Tournament of Roses Game and Parade case study submitted by Meridian Rapid Defense Group.

Thank you to all of our exhibitors and sponsors for making the event possible!

The NCS⁴ is hosting industry-specific forums in a one-day virtual format beginning in January 2022. Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us! Details coming soon.

Target Audience

Security directors and operators, facility and stadium managers, event planners/operators, law enforcement personnel, emergency managers, fire/hazmat, emergency medical/health services, athletic administrators, and governmental representatives

These are individuals representing or supporting: professional sports leagues, intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, marathon and endurance events, and sport and entertainment facilities (concerts, festivals, e-sports, convention centers, etc.).

Congratulations New CSSPs

Earning the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) designation is a professional achievement, highlighting dedication to remaining current and knowledgeable with industry trends. Individuals who meet the education and experience criteria and demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and ability by successfully completing the CSSP multiple-choice examination are awarded the CSSP certification. Certificants are required to meet ongoing continuing education and industry contribution requirements to maintain their certification.

  • Doug Bruce, CSSP, Doug Bruce Productions
  • Steve Georgas, CSSP, GEO Security and Investigations, LLC
  • James Byrne, CSSP, City of Fort Collins
  • Evan Ramsay, CSSP, University of Kentucky Police Department
  • David Harrell, CSSP, Milwaukee Bucks

For more information about the CSSP, please click the button below.

Athletic Business Publishes Article Authored by Dr. Stacey Hall and Dr. Joslyn Zale

ICYMI – Fall 2021 GAMEDAY SECURITY available!

Now Scheduling Select DHS/FEMA-Funded Training Courses

The NCS⁴ is currently offering four safety and security courses in face-to-face format. Each course 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 face-to-face format that requires 8 hours each day for two 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:

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 training course, please email us at NCS4train@usm.edu.

Keeping Infrastructure Strong and Secure

November is Infrastructure Security Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness and reaffirm the commitment to keep our Nation’s critical infrastructure secure and resilient.

During November, we focus on engaging and educating public and private sector partners to raise awareness about the systems and resources that support our daily lives, underpin our society, and sustain our way of life. Safeguarding the physical and cyber aspects of critical infrastructure is a national priority that requires public-private partnerships at all levels of government and industry. This includes preventing, protecting against, responding to, and mitigating the use of explosives against both public and private sectors, which CISA’s Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) plays a critical role in leading across the United States.

We know critical infrastructure as the power we use in our homes and businesses, the water we drink, the transportation systems that get us from place to place, the first responders and hospitals in our communities, the farms that grow and raise our food, the stores we shop in, and the Internet and communication systems we rely on to stay in touch with friends and family. It also includes places where people gather, like houses of worship, entertainment venues, schools, and festivals. The security and resilience of this critical infrastructure is vital not only to public confidence, but also to the Nation’s safety, prosperity, and well-being.

Managing risks to critical infrastructure involves preparing for all hazards, reinforcing the resilience of our assets and networks, and staying ever-vigilant and informed. Part of this includes this year’s Infrastructure Security Month theme to “Build it In”. Specifically, it is vital for everyone to remember the importance of considering infrastructure security and resilience from design concept all the way through to development and implementation.

Created in response to terrorism events around the globe, CISA OBP protects the U.S. against bombing incidents by enhancing security and resilience at all levels of government, across the private sector, and among the public. In 2006, Congress recognized the need for an enhanced and coordinated national bombing prevention effort and directed that CISA OBP take action. Fifteen years later, CISA OBP has stayed true to that mandate, working across all States and territories to strengthen the knowledge and capabilities of local agencies, law enforcement officers and first responders, businesses and critical infrastructure facilities, schools and faith-based institutions, and the public.

This November, help promote infrastructure security and resilience by training and exercising your employees on various threats, taking part in the Hometown Security effort, engaging with your community partners or supporting long term investments in critical infrastructure. We all need to play a role in keeping infrastructure strong, secure, and resilient. We can do our part at home, at work, and in our community by being vigilant, incorporating basic safety practices into our daily routines, and making sure that if we see something, we say something by reporting suspicious activities to local law enforcement.

The message above was authored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

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

Scrutiny of Astroworld Festival organizers, Travis Scott mounts as lawsuits pile up

Before a raucous — and ultimately deadly — Friday night performance in Houston, the city’s police chief met with rapper Travis Scott to express his concern. Their conversation lasted a few minutes, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said in a statement released Monday. Finner said he conveyed his “concerns regarding public safety” at the Astroworld Festival to Scott and the artist’s head of security. Read more

Man United UCL Match at Villareal Declared a High Security Risk

When Manchester United travel to Villarreal next Tuesday night, to partake in UEFA Champions League group stage matchday 5/6, an off-the-pitch storyline will overshadow the on-the-pitch narratives. Read more

MCPS Considering Safety and Security Changes for Sporting Events

The MCPS Athletics program is considering changes, especially at events expecting large crowds, due to recent reports of altercations and incidences of disrespectful behavior at some contests. To ensure the safety and security of students, staff and community members, these changes may include. Read more

Harris County Administrator will review security and safety plans of future events at NRG Park

The Harris County Administrator will conduct an independent review of security and safety plans of future events at NRG Park after Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert left 10 dead and 25 hospitalized. Read more

Phishing and Spam Lures Feature Sports, Aim to Steal Credentials

Attackers continue to use phishing and spam as a primary way to steal credentials from unwary users, with emails carrying links to more than 5.6 million phishing sites and laden with 36 million malware attachments, new data shows. Read more

College Station police outline crowd safety protocols for special events

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday he’s appointed a task force dedicated to improving concert safety in light of the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld music festival Friday. Read more

Fox runs onto field during Arizona State-USC game before heading 'off into the desert'

Pac-12 football is known to get wild after dark, and that rang true in the most literal sense during the USC-Arizona State game Saturday. A fox scurried onto the Sun Devil Stadium turf only 2:37 into the first quarter before jumping into the stands to join the fans. Read more