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CONTENTS

THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF

National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Dr. Lou Marciani Director Lauren Cranford

Sr. Associate Director of Operations

Daniel Ward

Assistant Director of Curriculum

James Skrmetta Editor, Gameday Security Manager of Marketing and Communications Sara Priebe

Graphic Designer, Gameday Security Event and Membership Manager

William Adams

Training Manager

Brooke Graves

Training Manager

Jacob Neal

Training Manager

Dr. Kelley Gonzales

Manager of Education

Christopher Kinnan

Colonel, USAF (ret.) Manager, National Sport Security Laboratory

Tymika Rushing

Business Manager

Dr. Joslyn Zale

Technical Writer & Compliance Coordinator

Dr. Justin Kurland

Manager of Research and Interscholastic Sports Safety and Security

Michael Finley

Manager of Curriculum

Michelle Stringfellow Instructional Design Specialist Tyler Jacobs

Graduate Assistant

Catherine Repsher

Graduate Assistant

Dakota Thompson

Website Developer

National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security 118 College Drive #5193 | Hattiesburg, MS 601-266-6183 | NCS4.USM.EDU

NCS4 UPDATE

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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dr. Lou Marciani

TRAINING

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TRAINING THE WORLD

How Four Trainers Approach Delivering Courses All Around the Globe

TECHNOLOGY

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HIGH-TECH SECURITY

The Marriage of Technology and Security Begins at NCS4’s National Sports Security Laboratory

GLOBAL SECURITY

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THE GOLD STANDARD

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GLOBAL SECURITY ELITE

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QUALITY CURRICULUM

The Pinnacle of Global Security is Realized

History is Made in Qatar with the First Graduating Class of Project Stadia

Developing the Foundation for Consistent Results

NEW AND NOW

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LASER-FOCUSED

NCS4 Takes Center Stage with Entertainment Safety and Security

ONE-ON-ONE

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

James Skrmetta


NCS4 UPDATE

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Dr. Lou Marciani

I am more than excited discussing the theme of this edition of Gameday Security. Throughout these pages, you will see how NCS4 is making its mark globally. Our footprint has been felt here in the United States since our genesis in 2006, and is now stretching all over the world. As you flip through the following pages, I implore you to reflect on the work being done and the impact it will have on global events moving forward. This publication explores the future of our work. Everyone deserves to feel safe at the venues and events they attend, and I can promise you, we are working to make that a reality. Wherever you may be, understanding that your safety is being backed by research and training developed here at NCS4 should instill a sense of confidence. The articles that make up this edition of Gameday Security take us all over the world. You’ll visit Qatar for the first graduating class of the Project Stadia International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security, we’ll discuss the push for advanced technology and how our one-of-a-kind National Sports Security Laboratory is the foundation for evolution, and we’ll usher in a new era for safety and security in the realm of entertainment. Thank you for taking the time to read this publication. We truly could not have achieved what we have without the support of readers and stakeholders like you. l

Sincerely,

Dr. Lou Marciani Director of NCS4


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TRAINING THE WORLD How Four Trainers Approach Delivering Courses All Around the Globe THE HUNGER TO LEARN NCS4 courses are world renowned for their cutting-edge training and deliveries from a highly skilled team of trainers who are responsible with teaching the future frontline of safety and security. NCS4 sat down with four trainers with decades of experience to talk about what goes into training the world’s best. Dave Corderman, Senior Partner of Academy Leadership Associates, LLC; Dane Dodd, Senior Vice President of U.S. Security Operations for Command Security Corporation, A Prosegur Company; Paul Denton, Consultant and Trainer with Security Risk Management Consultants, and Seaton King, Instructor and Retired Fire Battalion Chief, were among the trainers who trained the courses for NCS4 and Interpol’s Project Stadia course. The course is responsible for training the security forces for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Paul Denton

Seaton King

Dane Dodd

Dave Corderman

It’s truly humbling. To think about all the experiences of my career and to now be able to share that with high-level people is an incredible privilege. It’s great to see how many people try to make all the courses. There’s a real hunger for this information.

Paul Denton

These are highly motivated people who do their job at an incredibly high level. It’s amazing to see how receptive they are to new ideas.

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The students have to be comfortable with getting out of the box. We ask them to get introspective, something they aren’t always used to, and find their own strengths and weaknesses. We train 58 different countries. Across all the cultural, economic, and social differences, the one constant is their desire to learn the material.


TRAINING NAVIGATING BOUNDARIES Within each course is a group of students crossing multiple cultural and social differences. Trainers must work diligently to navigate delicate boundaries to enable each student to learn the same material as the rest of the class but to deliver the information to suit their unique perspective. Dane Dodd

Dane Dodd

Paul Denton

Paul Denton

The cultural component is key. As trainers, we have to be able to take in and put out what each person will understand in their own context. Something fundamental in one place routinely doesn’t even exist in another. We see this domestically as well. Think about how different Los Angeles is from New York.

Dave Corderman

Everyone has a unique culture with unique government issues and an independent structure of human rights. We try to stay away from drawing parallels between cultures. It doesn’t work. What is universally understood is the idea of law enforcement. We understand each student will be met with unique challenges. It’s our responsibility to present the course that way.

As a trainer, it’s always interesting to see dialogue between students from different operational tiers. You’ll see people from all different experience levels in one group having to work through problems we give them. Although the cultures may be completely different, there is most certainly a universal level of respect professionally. Their dedication to the industry and coming together to pushing these tactics further within their homes is what matters to each other.

Seaton King

These students will impact any change seen. You can see the light go on during the course, and we all know they are going to take what they learn and use it.

SEEING THE FUTURE Challenges are aplenty for trainers. A recurring issue can be a student’s complacency or believing they won’t actually be in a disaster scenario. The task is difficult for both student and trainer — forget what you know and be ready to make decisions at a frenetic pace in a life-or-death situation. Dave Corderman

The biggest challenge we face in each class is the idea, “It isn’t happening here.”

Dane Dodd

It’s easy to look at the past and draw a conclusion. You can always look back and see what happened in a given situation. What’s really hard is looking forward and trying to predict the future.

Seaton King

You know who is really good at predicting the future and seeing what could happen? The bad guys who are constantly evolving.

Paul Denton

Complacency is the first we try and get through. Some students are willing to receive the information but still think that these situations will not and cannot happen to them.

Dane Dodd

We have to be careful with which case studies we use since some examples don’t cross cultures. We can’t expect everyone to understand the details of a situation like the Las Vegas shooting. Elements of that situation don’t exist in every country.

Dave Corderman

Using real case studies that pertain to a student’s exact background is a great way in opening their eyes to the possibilities of them being in one of these situations. It makes it real in their world.

Dane Dodd

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TRAINING LEARNING TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE Course curriculum is designed to prevent the next disaster. If not fully prevent, at least be able to descale a situation quickly. Trainers must utilize the past to try and predict the future. This balancing act of learning and innovating forces students to think creatively and make independent decisions using new information. Seaton King

Every event we plan for could be the next global disaster.

Dane Dodd

You never know when or where something may happen.

Dave Corderman

We force the students to make decisions on the spot. We give them all the info and want them to think independently. That may be a foreign concept to them, but they have to do it repeatedly throughout the course.

Seaton King

Forcing each student to think independently gives them a certain personal accountability. They understand that a decision’s success or failure is up to them. That creates self-assessment and self-criticism. Therein lies the foundation for growth and improvement.

Dane Dodd

Seeing how their classmates solve problems exposes them to different yet effective ways to solve the same problem.

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Seaton King

Seeing the light go on in the students is the most rewarding part of the class.

Paul Denton

Watching as they get introspective and begin to build from within is a job well done for me.

Dane Dodd

The bottom-line is these courses are incredibly challenging. They are challenging across all cultural and social boundaries. The inherent difficulty of the curriculum is a great equalizer. l


HIGH-TECH SECURITY

The Marriage of Technology and Security Begins at NCS4’s National Sports Security Laboratory AS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES MORE ADVANCED and ushers in a new era of safety and security, NCS4 developed both their National Sports Security Laboratory (NSSL) and the Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance to bolster their capabilities. “Advancing technology is pivotal in helping to keep events safe and secure,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 Director. “The Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance was created to foster education on current and new technologies, and promote best practices for safer and smarter schools, sport and entertainment venues and events.” The Technology Alliance is the driving force for identifying innovative safety and security solutions through integrated technology design, development, and process enhancement with respect to sport venue operations management and associated first responder capabilities. Its primary goal is to test technology against use cases and threats to propose new advanced technologies. “With safety and security capabilities top of mind with our customers around the world, Dell Technologies looks forward to our continued collaboration with NCS4 as we develop smarter solutions that keep global and regional events safer,” said Ken Mills, General Manager, Global IoT, Safety & Security and Computer Vision, Dell Technologies. NCS4’s Alliance members research critical safety and security issues driven from the Department of Homeland Security, other agencies, and the National Advisory Council that need specific research treatment. NCS4 currently has 11 Technology Alliance partners including NTT, Microsoft, Dell, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson Controls, Ameristar, Axis Communications, Babel Street, Genetec, and Hitachi. “One of the most valuable resources we offer Technology Alliance members is full use of the National Sports Security Laboratory,” said Chris Kinnan, Manager of the National Sport Security Laboratory. “The National Sport Security Laboratory exposes practitioners and students to a fully outfitted G A ME DA Y S E C UR IT Y | F A L L 2 0 19

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TECHNOLOGY research, training, and operation center with integrated safety and security technologies.” Utilizing The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) three main sports facilities as extensions of the lab allows partners to explore solving the problems of today with the technology of tomorrow. “Honeywell is honored to be part of NCS4’s Technology Alliance because our solutions can be tested in an independent lab environment which gives us access to meaningful data to improve the development of technology designed to help protect human life,” said Katie Hunt, Honeywell Customer Marketing Leader, Strategic Partnerships and Integrations. Alliance members utilize the NSSL to install their technology for operations, research and training programs, which offers opportunity for security observation and practice, technology tests and experimentation, and evaluations of security solutions applicable to sports operations.

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THE PREMIER CREDENTIAL FOR SPORTS SAFETY AND SECURITY PROFESSIONALS The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s CSSP certification program is designed to establish standardized competencies among individuals holding leadership positions in the sports security industry and to ensure that the most current techniques, strategies and solutions are used to mitigate safety and security risks inherent to spectator sport venues.

• Security Directors/Managers

• Fire/HAZMAT services

• Emergency Managers

• Law Enforcement

• Stadium Directors/Operators/Managers

• Emergency Medical Services

• Private Security

• Other local, state, federal agency reps

• Event Operations Directors/Managers

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THE GOLD STANDARD

The Pinnacle of Global Security is Realized

For a select few, the International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security Recognizes Continued Excellence IN 2012, INTERPOL ESTABLISHED PROJECT STADIA to create a Center of Excellence and help INTERPOL member countries plan and execute policing and security preparations for major sporting events around the globe. Project Stadia was developed to include six courses in its curriculum. “Project STADIA has allowed multiple agencies to come together to bring new knowledge to the industry,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 Director. “Students who finish the courses are now experts in cutting-edge training that was developed to keep large-scale events safe all around the world.” INTERPOL and NCS4 worked to create the six training courses covering a number of crucial topics for law enforcement officials involved in policing and securing major international events. In 2017, NCS4’s Safety and Security Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events training course was the first course in the world ever accredited by INTERPOL. All six courses eventually received certification by INTERPOL. “INTERPOL’s collaboration with NCS4 is helping strengthen the capacity of member countries to handle potential threats to venue security,” said Project Stadia Senior Manager Falah Al Dosari. “The training and skills acquired will allow senior police officials and incident management team leaders from around the world to better assess potential security threats and prepare measures for protective actions.” Graduating from just one of the courses is worthy of commendation and places the graduate in the upper echelon of safety and security, but what about the graduates of all six courses? The elite of the elite are esteemed with the one-of-a-kind International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security. “Earning the International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security attests that they have successfully completed a rigorous curriculum of the highest global standard of training in the world,” said Dr. Marciani.

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GLOBAL SECURITY The six courses required for the certificate are Safety and Security Management for Major International Sporting Events, Risk Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Crowd Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Evacuation Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Incident Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, and Advanced Safety and Security Management for Major International Sporting Events. These scenario-based courses are grounded in academic research and developed by international experts on the subject matter. The courses are the first of their kind in major event security and can be delivered to national police forces in all INTERPOL member countries. “These courses address several international priorities and capabilities for countries hosting major international sporting events,” said Dr. Marciani. “Through developing the training courses, NCS4 works to support INTERPOL’s mission to enhance police cooperation and capacity building for international sporting events.” It’s important to note the International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security can be obtained by anyone as long as they complete each of the six courses in the curriculum. “Quite simply it’s the highest honor in the realm of security,” said Dr. Marciani. The certificate was created as a way to highlight the few who took it upon themselves to continue their education in safety and security to the highest degree. NCS4 and INTERPOL recently honored the first graduating class with a ceremony Sept. 26, 2019, in Doha, Qatar. The 22 graduates were the first group in history to receive the International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security. The graduates included 17 Qatari officers and five officer INTERPOL member courtiers. l

INTERPOL training includes 58 countries and 116 commanders to date.

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GLOBAL SECURITY ELITE History is Made in Qatar with the First Graduating Class of Project Stadia

THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR SPECTATOR SPORTS SAFETY AND SECURITY (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and INTERPOL honored the first Project STADIA graduating class with a ceremony Sept. 26 in Doha, Qatar. The 22 graduates each received the International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security, which acknowledges their completion of the required six courses in the Project STADIA curriculum. The graduates include 17 Qatari officers and five officer INTERPOL member courtiers. “We are very proud of our first graduating class,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 Director. “Earning the International Professional Certificate for Sports Safety and Security attests that they have successfully completed a rigorous curriculum of the highest global standard of training in the world.” Project Stadia was established by INTERPOL in 2012, funded by Qatar, to create a Center of Excellence and help INTERPOL member countries plan and execute policing and security preparations for major sporting events around the globe. “Project STADIA has allowed multiple agencies to come together to bring new knowledge to the industry,” Marciani said. “The graduates are now experts in cutting-edge training that was developed to keep large-scale events safe all around the world.” During the ceremony, Project Stadia Senior Manager Falah Al Dosari addressed the graduates and congratulated them on their achievement.

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GLOBAL SECURITY

“INTERPOL’s collaboration with NCS4 is helping strengthen the capacity of member countries to handle potential threats to venue security,” Al Dosari said. “The training and skills acquired will allow senior police officials and incident management team leaders from around the world to better assess potential security threats and prepare measures for protective actions.” The 10-year project culminates with leading policing and security for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar, which expects to host more than 3 million spectators in attendance. Project STADIA conducts observation and debriefing programs with designated security officials from both the public sector and private sector who have direct responsibilities for policing and security operations to capture good practices and lessons learned before, during and after major international sporting events. The six courses required for the certificate are Safety and Security Management for Major International Sporting Events, Risk Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Crowd Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Evacuation Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Incident Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, and Advanced Safety and Security Management for Major International Sporting Events.

Project Stadia Senior Manager Falah Al Dosari addresses the graduates.

In September 2017, NCS4’s Safety and Security Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events training course was the first course in the world ever accredited by INTERPOL. All six courses are certified by INTERPOL. “It is absolutely vital to security that information, expertise, and training is shared,” Marciani said. “Getting international experts together to discuss strategies and best practices to solve challenges is the future of the industry.”

“Getting international experts together to discuss strategies and

best practices to solve challenges is the future of the industry.”

These scenario-based courses are grounded in academic research and developed by international experts on the subject matter. The courses are the first of their kind in major event security and can be delivered to national police forces in all INTERPOL member countries. “These courses address several international priorities and capabilities for countries hosting major international sporting events,” said Dr. Marciani. “Through developing the training courses, NCS4 works to support INTERPOL’s mission to enhance police cooperation and capacity building for international sporting events.” l

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QUALITY CURRICULUM Developing the Foundation for Consistent Results

SAFETY, SECURITY, AND SERVICE ARE THE THREE PILLARS of today’s integrated safety and security construct for today’s sports and entertainment events. The goal for every sports and entertainment event manager is to provide the best possible guest experience without sacrificing safety and security. This construct is almost a standard for police commanders and incident managers around the world. They are hungry for capacity-building training that prepares them to provide safety, security, and service for major sports and entertainment events.

FIRST IN THE WORLD NCS4-INTERPOL ACCREDITATION Accreditation is a process of peer validation of an organization’s competency, authority, or credibility to perform education and training. Accreditation is the highest level of achievement for INTERPOL’s capacity-building training courses. INTERPOL Project STADIA developed six police capacitybuilding training courses in collaboration with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), at The University of Southern Mississippi. In October 2017, the first course in this six-course series was the first course in the world ever accredited by INTERPOL. Since then, INTERPOL accredited all six courses according to the official INTERPOL standards for accreditation, thus affirming that each course conforms with the relevant training standards articulated in the INTERPOL Guide to Effective Training.

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In 2012, INTERPOL established Project STADIA as a Center of Excellence to help INTERPOL’s 194 member countries prepare for and execute highly complex major sporting events. The 10-year project funded by Qatar is contributing to policing and security arrangements for the 2022 FIFA™ World Cup in Qatar and supporting the world’s law enforcement community to deliver safe and secure major events. Specialized security officers from INTERPOL Project STADIA searched for organizations to develop and provide high-end, capacity-building curricula, and they discovered NCS4. After reviewing NCS4’s products, its course development process, and attending a couple of NCS4 courses in the United States, INTERPOL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The University of Southern Mississippi for NCS4 to design six courses, have them accredited by INTERPOL, and to deliver the training at INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon, France and also in Doha, Qatar. Before the training and development of security forces at the highest level, NCS4 developed a plan and framework for each course. They facilitated the work of subject matter experts to create course modules that fit each course. The result is capacity-building courses designed


PROJECT STADIA Established by a Cooperation Agreement between INTERPOL and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for the 2022 FIFATM World Cup in Doha, Qatar. The intent of the program is to create a Center of Excellence with specialized law enforcement professionals and security experts from all regions of the world to provide advice, guidance, and robust training. The training curricula is required to be accredited by INTERPOL to serve as a basis for certifying police commanders and incident management leaders in INTERPOL member nations.

to conform to industry-standard education and training development parameters and guidelines to maintain the standards the world has come to know of NCS4 courses. In order to reach these high standards, NCS4 and partnering entities must adhere to academic best practices and field-tested methodologies. Throughout each year, NCS4 collects best practices from thought leaders across multiple disciplines to update and publish their Best Practice Guides, which are available on their website. It is important to apply a rigorous process to curriculum development for capacity-building courses for police commanders and incident management leaders around the world, because each course reaches people in 194 countries with different levels of knowledge, skills, attitudes, abilities, and experiences in policing and managing incidents for major sports and entertainment events. Capacity-building courses provide the framework for a variety of teaching methods to help course participants learn from and teach others through experiential learning. The research and development actions to create conditions for effective learning requires case studies from all over the world, industry best practices, varied operational constructs and conceptual frameworks, and the expertise of a team of subject matter experts. NCS4 used its well-established course development process, best practice methodologies, and its extensive network of subject matter experts to gather the evidence, design and develop the courses, recruit and train instructors, and then teach police commanders and incident management leaders around the world.

COURSE

COURSE DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT AND ACCREDITATION AND ACCREDITATION

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TRAINING NEEDS & TASK ANALYSIS

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REVIEW AND/OR CERTIFICATION

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DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

(ADDIE)

EVALUATION

(ADDIE)

PLANNING & DELIVERY

(ADDIE)

NCS4’s course development process is rooted in the ADDIE process, a systems approach to training pioneered by the United States Army in the 1950s. In 1975, the Center for Educational Technology at Florida State University formalized the ADDIE model for the United States Army. ADDIE has five development phases – analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and most US government, military, schools and universities, businesses, and organizations use the ADDIE model, including NCS4. The ADDIE model is accepted by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, the organization responsible for INTERPOL training and accreditation. The NCS4 curriculum design process sets the context for the students’ learning experience throughout their time in each capacity-building course. Within each curriculum lies the foundation of the intended outcomes for both student and teacher. The NCS4 courses use international standards such as ISO 31000, Risk Management Principles, the United Kingdom’s Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (6th edition), the Incident Command System (US), Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (UK), and other safety, security, and incident command models in their international courses.

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Each course employs policing principles and integrates human rights in all courseware and participant activities. The courses remind participants that universal policing principles – protection of life, upholding human rights, upholding the peace, prevention of crime, and detection of crime – must always be at the core of all planning and every decision about how to best manage risks and protect the safety and security of everyone at internationally sanctioned sporting events. Participants understand these protections must be lawful, necessary, and respectful of individual human rights.

Universal Policing Principles • Protection of Life • Upholding Human Rights • Upholding the Peace • Prevention of Crime

The courses provide knowledge, understanding, and core skills to enable participants to plan a major international sporting event, systematically assess threats and develop treatment strategies to mitigate risks, and consider contingencies and train their staff so that safety, security, and service are balanced, responsive to needs, and resilient in the face of a major incident. Each course helps police commanders and incident management leaders to standardize event and Incident Command through best practices, so that hazards and threats can be minimized, mitigated, and managed.

In October 2017, NCS4 made history by having the first course ever accredited by INTERPOL with their Safety and Security Management for Major International Sporting Events course. Accreditation is a thirdparty process by which competency, authority, or credibility is validated by peers; their rigorous evaluation of NCS4 products ensures they conform to the highest quality educational product and training standards. As of September 2019, all six courses in the Project Stadia program have been accredited by INTERPOL.

• Detection of Crime

In 2020, NCS4 instructors will teach the six-series of INTERPOL courses at INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon, France and also in Doha, Qatar. Other nations have approached the National Center to bring the courses to their country, so that their police commanders and incident management leaders can provide the best possible guest experience without sacrificing safety and security for major sports and entertainment events. l


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LASER-FOCUSED NCS4 Takes Center Stage with Entertainment Safety and Security THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR SPECTATOR SPORTS SAFETY AND SECURITY at The University of Southern Mississippi is expanding its lineup of summits to include the inaugural National Entertainment Safety and Security Summit on March 24-26 in Biloxi, Miss. “There is a growing need in our country to provide best practices and key resources to managers and operators of entertainment events and venues,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 Director. “This first-of-its-kind Summit will be a pivotal moment in securing entertainment events for years to come.” Dr. Marciani highlighted major award shows, esports, parades, entertainment centers, festivals, and convention centers as entities that can greatly benefit from using the Summit to enhance and evolve their security and safety protocols. “Attendees will be tasked with a great responsibility, Dr. Marciani said. “They have to be trailblazers. They have to set the benchmark that the rest of the industry will look to for guidance.” Summit participants will help create the first-ever compilation of best

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practices, key resources, and industryapproved guidelines for any unique safety and security challenge in the entertainment sector. To promote a consistent methodology for risk management and security planning, NCS4 utilizes their Summits and events to bring industry professionals together to discuss current safety and security issues, identify solutions, and propose future best practices through professional collaboration. The National Entertainment Safety and Security Summit will see thought leaders from around the United States converge to authorize the first edition of the Entertainment Safety and Security Best Practices Guide. This guide, curated by the elite in entertainment security, will act as a blueprint for all future events and venues. Operators and managers can reference the guide to fully understand the best protocol and most up-to-date practices, which they can be confident using knowing these practices were established by their most esteemed peers. “Having an established Best Practice Guide is invaluable,” said Andrea Cunningham, Vice President of Parks

& Resorts International at The Walt Disney Company. “In today’s fastpace society, events and venues are multi-functional and have to be ready to adapt to a multitude of needs. Having the protocol that industry professionals fine-tuned can make those transitions seamless.” The Summit places attendees in immersive discussions and collaborations tasked with providing venue and facility managers, and first-responder agencies the solutions for the distinctive threats and vulnerabilities specific to their environment. “The entertainment industry is incredibly versatile with how events and locales function,” said Joe Lewis, President of the Joe Lewis Company. “The main constant for each and every event is safety and security. Discussions at the Summit and the upcoming publication of the Entertainment Safety and Security Best Practice Guide will become the standard resource to address event safety and security challenges.” l


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NORTH AMERICA WINNING THE BID to host the 2026 World Cup is a revolutionary moment for the evolution of soccer across the Americas, but also potentially for the evolution of security.

capacity building initiatives, in particular in support of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia, which is working to implement a comprehensive curriculum to help member countries meet the demands of hosting major international sporting events.

Planning and preparing for an international tournament hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries, with 60 matches played by 48 national teams, is a challenge the sporting world has never seen.

Established by INTERPOL and funded by Qatar, Project Stadia aims to create a center of excellence and good practice platform to help INTERPOL member countries plan and undertake security and cybersecurity preparations for major sporting events such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup. Each course is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of police commanders and incident management leaders who are responsible for policing and managing safety and security at major international events.

It will be the first World Cup since 2002 that is hosted by more than one nation and the first in history by more than two. With its past hosting of the 1970 and 1986 tournaments, Mexico will become the first country to host or co-host the men’s World Cup three times. The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994, whereas it will be Canada’s first time hosting or co-hosting the tournament. Along with the logistical challenges, the World Cup is the world’s most watched event. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 3.5 billion people watched from home while more than 3 million attended the matches with an average match attendance of 47,371. In order to keep those attendees, players, and event staff safe, a detailed security training plan must be in place well before the event. To prepare for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, INTERPOL and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security entered a partnership to develop a variety of

The six Project Stadia courses are Safety and Security Management for Major International Sporting Events, Risk Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Crowd Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Evacuation Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, Incident Management Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, and Advanced Safety and Security Management for Major International Sporting Events. Utilizing training programs such as Project Stadia help to better organize and prepare security forces at international sporting events. With an event as complex as a multicountry hosted World Cup, we can only hope the proper steps are taken to evolve the safety and security for this event on the global stage. l

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