Ensuring that Safety Doesn’t Strike Out
During the height of football, baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey – you name the sport, millions of people are packing into a concentrated area. It could be the perfect target for mass casualties and, with the revenue that sporting events generate, a security breach could have an enormous economic impact.
1. An adjacency layer that extends to the parking areas and that is not yet within the “official” screening perimeter. These are generally outside a radius of 75 yards of the portal.
2. An initial screening perimeter that has distributed staff and technology to identify anomalies in the incoming crowd, such as oversized bags, objects of concern, or suspicious behavior. The intent, says Dr. Marciani, is to direct those individuals to more comprehensive detailed screening lanes or to direct them back to parking areas to discard that baggage or the objects.
3. A detail screening area that performs bag checks and pat-downs of arriving ticketholders.
4. An entry layer for ticket taking that may be turnstile based or opened with personnel scanning tickets for entrance into the stadium.
5. An anomaly area with law enforcement support to take people carrying suspicious contraband or who require more investigation.
Security Seal of ApprovalWayne Hedrick is director of safety and security compliance for the Southern Miss Athletic Department. Hedrick is a retired FBI agent of 25 years who has spent time working with the Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, just to name a few. He joined Southern Miss to work with NCS4. At Southern Miss, Hedrick sums up his role, which is “to do whatever needs to be done” to ensure game day security.
“People will notice more police present, because we have enlarged the facility, and a more professional staff,” says University Police Chief Bob Hopkins, adding that the university works with a company that provides support staff with security awareness training.