The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has picked up an important sponsor for its inaugural national conference set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.
“Security” magazine, one of the nation’s leading security publications, has agreed to serve as the media sponsor for the conference which will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza. “Security” is published monthly and on the Web at www.securitymagazine.com by BNP Media, Troy, Mich.
“We are excited to partner with ‘Security’ magazine as a media sponsor for the annual Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 director. “Their full grasp of the security industry will certainly enhance our capability to deliver an outstanding conference as well as our ability to connect to the security industry.”
As many as 300 top professionals in the field of sports safety and security are expected to attend the conference which will feature guest speakers, breakout workshops, exhibits and demonstrations of the latest in security technology.
Mark McCourt, publisher of “Security” magazine, said his publication’s involvement with the NCS4 conference sprang from a conversation with editor Diane Ritchey, who had already discussed potential editorial coverage with Marciani.
“Diane asked me if I had interest in a larger relationship with NCS4 and the immediate answer was ‘yes,’ ” said McCourt. “Many of the security professionals I know at major universities and professional sporting arenas are seeking ever greater security and safety while competing with demand for bigger events and more interaction/intimacy between entertainer and fan.
“Think of the Super Bowl halftime show as an example. The valuable work and information available to our subscribers via NCS4 is a great opportunity for both organizations.”
Established in 2006, NCS4 is the only sports security training organization of its kind in the United States and remains the recognized leader in addressing potential threats and risks to the safety and security of sporting events. Through research, education and innovative solutions, the center continues to enhance the level of preparedness at sporting venues worldwide.
When asked if he thought the country was doing enough to prevent another terrorist attack like the one on Sept. 11, 2001, McCourt noted, “9/11 stands out but 10/11 was the last terrorist attack (anthrax). Hurricane Katrina was another example of poor disaster preparedness and event management planning.
“Great progress has been made to prevent or respond to similar events should they occur in the future. Overall, we have mixed lucky with good and avoided another catastrophic event. Large gathering security and safety is an important science. You have to enhance the customer experience while ensuring security. While terror is always a concern, more likely issues are sudden weather changes, unruly behavior or sudden illness.”
McCourt went on to commend NCS4 for taking a leadership role in sports security noting that, “any program designed to improve large gathering security and reduce cost is important worthy of media attention and support.”
For more information about NCS4 and the national conference call 601-266-6183 or visit www.NCS4. com/conference. For information about “Security” magazine call 847-763-9534 or visit www.securitymagazine.com
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