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NCS4 Announces 2014 Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit

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The Trent Lott National Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, home of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), located at The University of Southern Mississippi, is hosting a National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit Jan. 28-30, 2014 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Summit serves as the only annual combined meeting for personnel responsible for safety and security management at collegiate sports events in Division I, II and III institutions, as well as Athletic Conferences and BCS College Football Bowls.

Addressing key critical safety and security challenges, Summit topics to be covered include crowd dynamics/management, facilities design/environment, economic risks, innovation/technology, and compliance.

“Through input from athletic departments, athletic conferences, and bowl administrators and staff, campus law enforcement, first responders, and security companies responsible for providing contract services, we will be able to broaden these components and concepts of best practices,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. “We are excited to host this event and have people come to our National Center.”

Other issues to be addressed include staff development, game day issues, cost optimization, and building a safety and security-aware culture. Following the Summit, each attendee will receive a “Summit Best Practices Guide,” a compilation of their input along with that of subject matter experts.

The Summit will begin Tuesday, January 28th at 8:30 a.m. and end on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. To register, visit https://www.ncs4.com/summit/overview/. Limited seating is available.

About The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security 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/.