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  • Bringing Safety and Security Practices to a Large Urban School District

    by Marmion Dambrino July 2016

    The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas, covering 333 square miles. It is the seventh-largest school district in the United States, providing interscholastic athletic programming for 43 middle schools and 24 high schools.

  • The Birth of a High School Gameday Security Plan

    by Brett Coulter July 2016

    On a blistering-hot Sunday afternoon, 16-time Tennessee state champion Maryville High School squared off against crosstown rival and 14-time state champ Alcoa. The date was August 25, 2012. The game, telecast live by ESPN, was the Great American Rivalry Series game of the week. As expected, the crowd was overflowing, with attendance soaring above 10,000, including fans, event staff and ESPN crew members, down to the football players themselves.

  • How Carmel High School Earned SESA Designation

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    Carmel (Ind.) High School has not had more serious security issues at its athletic events than those that took place on a bizarre night in November 2013. During a state semifinal football game at Carmel, a football official suffered a heart attack on the field but was revived. While the official was receiving medical attention, a fan suffered a seizure in the stands and was treated there. The most tragic event of the night occurred when the father of a Carmel football player had a medical emergency in the stands during the fourth quarter and later died at a local hospital.

  • 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.

  • 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 Protect Athletes and Fans From Lightning Strikes

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    It was 1996, but Bob Dugan remembers it like it was yesterday. Soccer referee John Wade, after being alerted by a weather-detection system that a storm was on its way, removed fourth- and fifth-grade kids from the field of play. Once the storm passed, they resumed activity at Northeast Park in Park Ridge, Ill. The belief was that the storm had moved over Lake Michigan approximately 45 miles away. But instead, the storm came back, and a lightning strike killed the 20-year-old referee.

  • FBI Special Agent Katherine Schweit Talks Active-Shooter Training

    by May 2015

    The FBI, in collaboration with Texas State University's ALERRT Center, is in the process of training law enforcement officers around the country in active-shooter response. Special Agent Katherine Schweit is the senior executive responsible for the FBI's active-shooter training — the most extensive effort of its kind, initiated following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Gameday Security editor in chief Dennis Van Milligen recently talked with Special Agent Schweit about the active-shooter training, which is free to law enforcement officers, and why it is so important for those officers and campus safety personnel responsible for protecting sports venues and events.

  • How To Protect High School Sporting Events

    by Patrick V. Fiel Sr. May 2015

    It's game night at the local high school. Competitive juices are flowing, and not just with the players — hundreds or even thousands of spectators are filling the gymnasium or stadium eager to enjoy the big game. The presence of a large number of passionate fans alone can create a variety of security challenges, but factor in drugs, alcohol, weapons and gangs on campus, and you could be looking at a recipe for disaster.

  • Blog: Living in the Wild, Wild ISC West

    by April 2015

    Being a first-time ISC West attendee, I had been warned to prepare for a “monster.” Boasting more than 1,000 exhibitors and close to 30,000 attendees, ISC West is the largest security tradeshow in the United States, and last week, I went toe-to-toe with the “monster” in Las Vegas. Yes, in a town built on gambling and taking risks, I was going to a show built on mitigating or eliminating risk. 

  • Safety and Security Recent Incidents: March 24

    by NCS4 Staff March 2015

    A roundup of recent headlines in the safety and security industry from around the web, including more violence at sporting events abroad.