Safety & Security: Facility Security
Vapor Wake Dogs Are Advancing Gameday Bomb Detection
by Paul Steinbach September 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.
Survey Reveals Security Practices at Public Rec Centers
by Paul Steinbach September 2015
In May 2013, the City of Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation released a report titled "Safety in Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Centers." The 15-member commission's work was spurred by a spate of security-related incidents — ranging from shootings and robberies to trespassing and vandalism — in the city's rec facilities during the summer of 2011.
Prep Football Security Tightened After Shootings
by Marlon A. Walker, Craig Schneider September 2015
One week after a barrage of bullets injured two people outside a high school football game, some fans filing into the same Atlanta stadium Friday night said that despite promises of heightened security they felt worried and afraid. "Is it safe going in there?" Chrishonna Howard asked as she purchased a ticket to watch her son, Jalen, play Friday. Howard said coming to the Grady High School stadium so soon after gunshots marred last week's game left her scared. She planned her trip carefully, parking as close as possible to the entrance. The shooting --- near one of Atlanta's most sought-after high schools --- tarnished a time-honored Friday night fall ritual. It also highlighted the problems with policing large outdoor events brimming with parents, students and fans.
Family Seeks Compensation for Son’s Splash-Pad Burns
by Jason Scott September 2015
The family of one-year-old Greyson Pelvin is seeking compensation from the town of Halton Hills, Ont., after the child burned his feet stepping on a hot metal grate near a splash pad.
Metal Detectors, Tobacco Ban to Greet Bills Fans
by Gene Warner September 2015
Roughly 10,000 Buffalo Bills fans entering one of the Ralph Wilson Stadium gates for each game this season will get a glimpse of future National Football League security measures: They will pass through walk-thru metal detectors similar to the kind found in airports. But they won't have to take off their shoes or belts or remove their wallets or coins from their pockets.
School Forced to Replace 22 Stolen Football Helmets
by Michael Arace, The Columbus Dispatch August 2015
Riddell Speed helmets cost $265 apiece, counting the paint job. The haul on 22 used helmets could be significant -- if the items can be fenced. Therein lies the pilferer's problem.
Feral Hogs Invade Texas High School Football Field
by Jason Scott August 2015
A pack of feral hogs is causing trouble at Liberty High School near Houston, Tex.
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.
Court: NFL Can Ban Off-Duty Officer Guns in Stadiums
by David Chanen, Staff Writer, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) August 2015
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the National Football League can ban off-duty officers from bringing guns into stadiums on game day. But in sending the case back to Hennepin County District Court, the court also made it clear that it is leaving the door open for the ban to be overturned.
Police Seek Man Who Took YMCA Locker Room Photos
by The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado) August 2015
Colorado Springs police are working on a case where a man was spotted taking pictures of young boys in a locker room at a YMCA.