National Marathon and Endurance Events Safety and Security Forum set for Dec. 8-9
“NCS4 remains the preeminent nucleus of safety and security in the sporting industry,” said John Bertsch, Executive Director of Global Safety and Security, IRONMAN Group. “The access to educational resources, subject matter experts and like-minded passionate stakeholders makes this forum a must on everyone’s calendar.”
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the seventh annual National Marathon and Endurance Events Safety and Security Forum on Dec. 8-9, 2020, in a LIVE virtual format.
Road races and other participatory sports events attract large numbers of athletes and spectators, making safety and security a top priority for race organizers, public safety, and host communities. These high-profile events give rise to a host of potential risks and threats that must be addressed to ensure the safety and security of people, property, and infrastructure.
“The importance of the NCS4 Marathon and Endurance Events Forum, now more than ever is a means for all participants to share ideas, expand skills, and improve qualifications,” said Todd S. Metro, Senior Manager, Safety & Security, New York Road Runners – New York City Marathon. “As local, state, and federal regulations during the global pandemic become more demanding for mass gathering events, the topics covered will focus on information sharing, collaboration, and finite decision making thus making the Forum another great ‘tool in the tool box’ for sporting event production professionals and our various partners.”
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USM Researcher’s Work on Crime Patterns in China During Covid-19 Pandemic Published in Noted Journal
Dr. Justin Kurland, NCS4 Director of Research
Intensive research conducted by Dr. Justin Kurland and others involving crime patterns in China connected to the COVID-19 pandemic has been published in the prestigious science journal PLOS ONE.
Kurland, research professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi, collaborated on the project with three other research scientists: Dr. Herve Borrion, Associate Professor, Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London, London, United Kingdom; Dr. Nick Tilley, Principal Research Associate, Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London, London, United Kingdom, and Dr. Peng Chen, Professor, School of Policing and Information Engineering, People’s Public Security University of China, Beijing, China.
The group’s paper is titled: “Measuring the resilience of criminogenic ecosystems to global disruption: A case-study of COVID-19 in China.” In the publication, Kurland and his colleagues quantified how retail theft was affected during the pandemic lockdown by taking advantage of incident data from as far back as 2017 for an anonymous city in China. Focusing on a Chinese city had the distinct advantage of examining patterns of crime across a complete public health contagion prevention cycle.