Safety & Security: Updates from NCS4
NCS4 Launches Online HS Security Training Course
by Paul Steinbach August 2019
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi has developed a new online training course focused on high school athletic programs and after-school activities.
NCS4's CSSP Program Now ANSI-Accredited
by Alison Crumpton March 2017
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi's Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification program has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Program. ANSI's accreditation program is recognized as a world-renowned leader in personnel credentialing.
NCS4 Signs Agreement with INTERPOL
by AB Editors October 2016
To strengthen law enforcement capacity in sport safety and security, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has signed a cooperation agreement with The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).
NCS4 Best Practices Guides
by AB Staff October 2016
Download the guide(s) of your choice below:
- Marathon Safety and Security Best Practices Guide
- Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Best Practices Guide
- Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Safety and Security Best Practices Guide
- Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Best Practices Guide (Currently being edited - available Oct. 28th)
National Marathon Safety and Security Summit Set
by AB Editors October 2016
Marathon and endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 12-14 in Biloxi, Miss. for the National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).
Inaugural Professional Summit brings together industry leaders worldwide
by Van Arnold April 2016
More than 80 experts in sports security convened for the inaugural Professional Sports Facilities Summit this past March at The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security in Hattiesburg. Attendees included event and facility managers, operations personnel, local and state law enforcement officers, government officials, emergency managers, emergency services personnel and invited solution providers.
Advancing Athletic Security at the NCS4 Collegiate Summit
by Emily Attwood April 2016
In January, the third NCS4 College Summit brought together safety and security professionals from across the country representing collegiate athletic programs large and small, with budgets to match. Attendees represented state and local law enforcement, emergency services, athletic departments and public safety departments, to name a few.
The Value of Certification to Sports Security Professionals
by Elizabeth Voorhees April 2016
For security practitioners working in the sports and special events industry today, a broad knowledge base is essential to their success. The Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) designation was developed to address the increasingly complex job of protecting and securing people, property and information. Credentialing is a proven method of establishing competency standards and assigning credibility within a career field. To understand more about about why the need for certification is becoming more critical for sport security professionals, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) asked two leading industry professionals to explain why they view certification as an important part of professional growth and industry advancement.
NCS4 Interscholastic Summit: Implementing best practices and improving afterschool safety
by Gameday Security editors February 2016
More than eight million students participate in interscholastic athletics and afterschool programs each year, and 336 million spectators attend these events. When a school-based emergency or incident occurs, often it is the school personnel who are first to arrive on the scene. Understanding the key role athletic administrators play in mitigating risk in these situations, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) last year unveiled the first edition of its "Best Practices Guide" for interscholastic athletics.
Safety and Security Recent Incidents: October 14
by AB Staff October 2015
A roundup of recent safety and security headlines in the athletics industry: