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Athletic officials unite for national security summit

Athletic officials from across the nation are attending the conference. (Photo source: WLOX News) Athletic officials from across the nation are attending the conference. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Paisant's goal is to make sure organizations are prepared should terrorists strike. (Photo source: WLOX News) Paisant's goal is to make sure organizations are prepared should terrorists strike. (Photo source: WLOX News)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Athletic officials from across the nation are on the coast to ensure that terrorist attacks, like what happened outside of the soccer stadium in Paris, won't happen in the US.

In its third year, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is holding an annual security summit for collegiate sporting events. Athletic officials will spend two days discussing the best security practices that will ultimately become the playbook they will all follow to keep spectators, and athletes, safe.

Don Paisant is the chief of the public safety department for the organization that provides security for the major athletic venues in New Orleans, such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center.

"When we have NFL games we have NFL best practices, which we can help share here with intercollegiate; realizing that there's different dynamics involved in college athletics," said Paisant.

Paisant's goal, like others gathered at the summit, is to make sure organizations are prepared should terrorists strike.

"Ultimately, our goal is to decrease the chance of that occurring here in any one of our academic institutions or facilities across the country. We want to answer the worst case scenario, we want them to be able to prepare for things that inevitably could happen," said Daniel Ward, NCS4 staff member.

NCS4 is based at the University of Southern Mississippi, where security concerns across the globe have brought more than 100 college and pro sports officials to Long Beach.

"They're essentially becoming authors of the best practices that are going to be distributed to all the schools across the country," said Ward.

The hope is what is captured at the summit will help protect everyone who attends a game. 

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