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National Intercollegiate Safety and Security Summit set for Jan. 28-30

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Sport and security officials from across the country based at universities, colleges, athletics conferences and associations, as well as high-profile security entities, will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Jan. 28-30 for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit.

The goal of the summit is to broaden existing components and concepts of best practices by addressing the designated major safety and security issues through input from athletic departments and conferences, bowl administrators, campus law enforcement, first responders and other organizations concerned with security.

“Unfortunately threats to sport events are a reality, but we can take what the best in the field know from experience and research and share it to give all who work to insure fan and participant safety additional tools to do their jobs even better,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of NCS4.

The event, to be held at the Trent Lott National Center, resulted from a survey conducted by NCS4 last year to gather feedback on current safety and security issues facing intercollegiate athletics. The survey resulted in responses that pointed to six major safety and security issues that will be addressed by top experts in moderated lectures at the summit. Those issues include the following:

*Sport Facilities Design Environment
*Crowd Dynamics/Management
*Game Day Safety and Security
*Sport Security Innovation/Technology Solutions
*Building a Safety and Security Aware Culture
*Safety and Security Staff Development

At the conclusion of the summit, participants will receive a copy of the Summit Best Practices Guide,” a compilation of their input, along with “Promising Practices for Securing College and University Spectator Events from Criminal Extremist Attacks,” which was sponsored by the FBI, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Paul Denton, chief of police at The Ohio State University, is scheduled to participate in the summit’s programming as a facilitator. Denton is looking forward to the event and sharing what he’s learned in the field of sport security, while also gaining from the knowledge of others who plan to attend.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from and meeting practitioners from across the country in multiple collegiate sports leagues to discuss these important issues,” Denton said. “It’s exciting to have all these experts together at one event to learn from each other to increase the level of safety at all sporting events. I appreciate Dr. Marciani and the NCS4 staff for taking the lead in putting this summit together.”

For more information about the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit, visit https://www.ncs4.com/summit/overview/.

Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports and Security specifically focuses on research, education, and outreach in sport event security, providing an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness, improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency responses through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training. For more information, visit the NCS4 conference website at http://www.ncs4.com/.