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  • Group Objects to Police at High School Games

    by Jeremy P. Kelley February 2016

    Tuesday's heated Dayton school board meeting was focused on two $5,000 contracts, but spotlighted a larger issue - the strained relationship between black residents and local law enforcement agencies. The group Racial Justice Now, which is active in school issues, asked Dayton Public Schools to cancel its contracts with Dayton police and the Montgomery County sheriff to monitor high school games and events. "We can appreciate the idea of protecting young people and other community members," RJN's statement read. "However, where we disagree is that the police provides that 'protection,' especially in low-income black communities."

  • Outsourcing Event Security Brings Challenges, Advantages

    by Paul Steinbach February 2016

     

    Salim Toorabally had his suspicions. While working a turnstile at Stade de France on Nov. 13, Toorabally noticed an individual loitering near the gate. Then, that same individual began a hasty entrance on the heels of a fan heading for the stadium and a soccer exhibition between France and Germany. Toorabally instinctively slipped an arm in front of the suspicious-looking man, who explained that his cousin was supposed to bring a ticket to him but hadn't arrived yet. Toorabally denied him entrance, then waved others past his security post as he continued to keep an eye on the young, slender man in the dark jacket.

  • Police Investigate Chokehold Incident at Football Game

    by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015

    Police in Arlington, Texas, have begun an investigation after an incident at Thursday’s Cowboys-Panthers game. An AT&T Stadium security guard was filmed putting a Panthers fan in a chokehold while attempting to escort the fan out.

    The fan, John Small, alleges that he did nothing wrong. Smalls stated, "He jumped up on my back, put his arm around my throat and tried to pull me to the ground.”

  • Vapor Wake Dogs Are Advancing Gameday Bomb Detection

    by Paul Steinbach November 2015

    The Chicago Cubs had already shut out the visiting San Francisco Giants, 2-0, on Aug. 9 when postgame stragglers were ordered to evacuate Wrigley Field. Chicago Police, who reportedly receive dozens of bomb threats every week, got word that Wrigley had been targeted and swarmed the ballpark with officers. Only after bomb-sniffing dogs had their run of the grounds was an "all clear" issued.

  • Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns

    by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015

    More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.

  • St. Paul Police: Marathon Disrupters Will Be Arrested

    by Jason Scott October 2015

    Anyone disrupting or interfering with runners during the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend will face consequences, according to St. Paul police chief Tom Smith.  

  • How Metal Detectors Provide a Safer College Football Environment

    by Stuart Goldman September 2015

    It was the biggest football game of the year in Boise, Idaho. Brigham Young University was in town to play the Boise State Broncos before a capacity crowd on the famous blue turf at Albertsons Stadium. The nationally televised game on ESPN came on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, with a 7 p.m. kickoff, saddling BSU athletic and security teams with the unenviable task of getting all 36,752 fans — the second-largest crowd in school history — through new metal detectors in a timely fashion.

  • How the Modern Command Center Is Improving Security at Sporting Events

    by Dennis Van Milligen August 2015

    The Oakland Raiders are most commonly associated with deceased owner Al Davis, the man famous for the phrase, "Just win, baby." In this century, winning has been hard to come by for the Raiders, who have posted five or fewer victories in 10 of the past 12 seasons, including a three-year stretch from 2006 to 2008 in which they won 11 games combined. While the team on the field was anything but elite during that time, it was the team behind the scenes, specifically within its command center, that was developing into the envy of other NFL franchises.

  • Best Practices Guide Will Define How to Improve High School Security

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    The numbers don't lie. More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.

  • How to Keep Sports Venue Parking Lots Safe and Secure

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    Bryan Stow called his walker-assisted trek onto the Municipal Stadium field "a little scary." On April 16, Stow underhanded a ceremonial first pitch about 15 feet, to the roar of the San Jose Giants' Opening Night crowd.