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National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security e-newsletter | July 15, 2021

Check Out What’s In Store at the NCS⁴’s National Conference

The NCS⁴ preliminary conference agenda is now live for the 12th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition! The event will be held on November 9-10 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

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.

Additional details to be added soon. Check out the agenda, register for the conference, and stay posted for updates!

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.

Preparing to Sit for the CSSP Exam at the National Conference

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.

CISA Publishes Public Venue Security Screening Guide

Check out CISA’s recently released Public Venue Security Screening Guide which offers best practices to stakeholders for developing and implementing security screening procedures at public venues hosting a variety of events, including sporting events, concerts, fairs and family festivals, conventions, theme parks, and other events or functions where Americans gather. Click the link to view the publication.

NCS⁴ Researcher Contributes to Abstract

NCS⁴ Senior Research Associate and CSSP Manager Dr. Joslyn Zale, along with colleagues, published an abstract entitled “Modeling Social Vulnerability and Hazard Impact on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” The abstract appears in the upcoming 2021 Natural Hazards Workshop Research Highlights. Click the button to view the abstract.

ICYMI: View the Summer 2021 Issue of Gameday Security

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.

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.

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.

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.

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