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NCS4 to host 3rd annual summit at USM Gulf Park campus

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus will host the third annual National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit in January.

The three-day summit is being put on by USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) beginning Jan. 26, 2016.

“The recent tragedies in Paris reiterate the need for further developing a safety and security baseline for stadiums and collegiate events. The goal of the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit is to develop strategies to implement best practices by addressing major safety and security issues through input from the country’s best professionals in the field of intercollegiate athletics,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of NCS4. 

Those invited include representatives from athletic departments and athletic conferences, as well as bowl administrators, staff, campus law enforcement, first responders and security companies.

“This Summit is an exceptional opportunity to bring together professionals from across the field, to discuss, to vet and to verify what actually are the best practices in our industry, whether that is public safety or athletic administration,” said Paul Denton, former police chief at Ohio State University.

Event attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in moderated discussions on the following topics:

  • Event Day Planning
  • Crowd Dynamics/Management
  • Emergency Action Planning
  • Risk and Threat Assessment
  • Staff Development and Performance
  • Technology Use/Information Management

For those interested in attending the summit, the cost is $255 per person. Those in charge of the event say seating will be limited, so you should reserve your spot now online at 

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