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  • 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.

  • Marathon Leaders Gather at NCS4 to Create Best Practices

    by Gameday Security Staff May 2015

    More than 18 months ago, National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) director Lou Marciani reached out to various open-access endurance events leaders to learn more about public safety at their respective events. This action led to the meeting in Houston of various race directors and public-safety personnel for some of the top endurance events in the United States.

  • How the NYC Marathon Manages Crowd and Runner Safety

    by Milestone Systems April 2015

    For thousands of runners pushing the limits of their physical endurance, the finish line at the TCS New York City Marathon represented the achievement of a lifetime. For those responsible for safety, however, the very same finish line presented challenges. Tall trees that line the curvy roads and pathways in Central Park do not provide a clear line of sight, and often runners are hidden from the view of medical and safety personnel responsible for responding to emergencies.

  • 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. 

  • Student Bomb Threat Shuts Down Campus Rec Center

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    Students at Washington State University are shaken up after another student entered the University Recreation building on Saturday morning and threatened to detonate a bomb. 

    Police showed up at the recreation center soon after student Dmitry Dementyev made the threats and took him into custody. 

  • Video Surveillance System Catches Park Vandals

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    Three boys in Sweetwater, Tennessee are in trouble with law officials after video surveillance cameras caught them vandalizing city recreational facilities and a car. 

    According to Sweetwater police chief Eddie Byrum, the vandals who are 12 to 13 years old attempted to set bathrooms on fire at the Sweetwater Recreation Park and proceeded to shatter three windows out of a nearby car. The boys also allegedly caused damage to the band stand at the Duck Park. 

  • How to Protect Against Rioting at Your College

    by April 2015

    Joe Monroe, chief of police at the University of Kentucky, has gotten used to protecting the streets of Lexington from rioting fans. He's had to do so frequently over the past few years as the school's men's basketball team, led by head coach John Calipari, has made four Final Four appearances the past five years. Last Saturday night, after the previously undefeated Wildcats were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Wisconsin, fans took to the streets of Lexington (yet again). Monroe and his campus police team (yet again) had to protect the community and keep the peace in collaboration with city police. Monroe, who teaches special-event planning for NCS4 and Texas A&M, shares his experiences while providing advice to other campus safety professionals in this Gameday Security exclusive interview:

  • Blog: Madison Prepares for the Best, and Worst, Tonight

    by April 2015

    There was never any doubt that chaos would reign supreme across the streets of Lexington, but those that bleed Kentucky blue (and many that don't) expected that chaos to come tonight after Kentucky completed its perfect season with a victory over Duke. Instead, that time frame was accelerated to Saturday night when John Calipari's McDonald's All-Americans fell to Bo Ryan's Wisconsin team 71-64 in the NCAA men's basketball national semifinal.

  • Organized Fights at Sports Complex Concern Residents

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    Residents in a Mississippi town are concerned about their safety and that of other park-users after a planned fight occurred at a sports complex, leading to the arrests of four women. 

    On March 6, police arrived at Goldin Sports Complex in Gulfport to find a large group of people brawling. The crowd dispersed once police arrived, however footage the fight was posted on various social media sites, which allowed police to identify the four women who were primarily involved. 

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    by AB Staff March 2015

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