July 29, 2014  

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Institute for Study of Sport Incidents Established at NCS4

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With the support of grant funding through The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is establishing the nation’s first Institute for the Study of Sport Incidents.

The institute’s focus will be the development of a data base on violence against spectators and participants at sporting events around the world. The data collected from this effort will be used by NCS4 staff to analyze current trends and strategies in this area and quickly identify emerging threats and develop countermeasures.

The new institute will work in concert with the University of New Haven’s Institute for the Study of Violent Groups.

“Having this institute as part of the Center’s portfolio of initiatives gives us an expanded base of knowledge and tools that we can leverage in our work to develop and advocate for superior levels of security at sport venues worldwide,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of NCS4.

J.W. Ledbetter, director of Mississippi’s Office of Homeland Security, said his agency is proud to once again partner with NCS4 on another initiative designed to protect sporting event spectators and participants. He praised Southern Miss’s NCS4 as a recognized world leader in developing innovative and economical security solutions for sports venues. 

“Unfortunately, sports events with their large audiences are inviting targets to those that mean to do harm to their fellow man,” said J.W. Ledbetter, director of Mississippi’s Office of Homeland Security. “But NCS4’s leadership in protecting the nation’s sports venues is helping make not only Mississippi, but our country, safer.”

For more information about NCS4,online visit http://www.ncs4.com/