• 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.

  • 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.

  • Defending Against an Active Shooter at Your Athletic Facility

    by Kim Clark and Rachel O'Mara June 2015

    An active shooter is defined by the federal government as "an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms." Active-shooter incidents in the United States have increased exponentially from 2000 to 2013, and over the past seven years the U.S. has averaged 16.4 active-shooter incidents per year, which equates to roughly one every three weeks.

  • 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.

  • Controlling Court Storming at Athletic Events

    by G. Michael Verden May 2015

    With the NBA playoffs in full swing and March Madness behind us, now is a good time to take a closer look at the cultural phenomenon known as court storming. Court storming has become part of the collegiate experience and ranks right up there with tailgating, toga parties and beer pong.

  • SAFETY Act Protects Anti-Terrorism Technology Providers Against Liability

    by Richard Fenton and Andrea T. Schultz May 2015

    In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, there were many in the private sector who were reluctant to address the terrorist threat, and to deploy security technologies and services due to the enormous liability risks involved. The fact is that there are a large number of attack scenarios that can be imagined, and without the implementation and deployment of security technologies used to detect, deter and mitigate those attacks, facility owners and operators — of places such as office buildings, stadiums or other commercial space — could be exposed to extraordinarily large third-party liability claims.

  • 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. 

  • Air Canada Centre Will Use Metal Detectors Next Season

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    New security measures at Air Canada Centre mean that Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors fans will soon have to walk through metal detectors before heading into the arena. Plans for the detectors are still in early phases and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) said that more details will be released this summer. 

  • Safety and Security Recent Incidents: April 7

    by NCS4 Staff April 2015

    A roundup of recent headlines in the world of safety and security, including several incidents right here in the United States.

  • 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: