October 17, 2018  

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NCS4/INTERPOL Training Course Addresses Evacuation Challenges for International Sporting Events

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LYON, France – Senior police officials from 22 countries are participating in a hands-on training course next week in order to prepare for evacuation challenges in securing major sporting events.

Taking place on October 16-19, the three-day course, Evacuation Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, has been developed and co-organized by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and INTERPOL's Project STADIA.

This session is the third of six courses leading to the International Sport Safety and Security Professional Certificate. A first of its kind in the realm of major event security, the courses can also be delivered to national police forces in INTERPOL member countries upon request.

NCS4 Director Lou Marciani states, “This course will allow senior police officials and incident management team leaders to prepare plans for evacuation and other protective actions for major international sporting events.”

Additional content will be covered on crowd management, protective actions, training and exercising emergency operations plans, transportation considerations, mass casualty incident planning, and optimizing resources for evacuation and the application of other protective actions. 

Tim Morris, INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, is a strong supporter of the partnership between INTERPOL and NCS4. “This collaboration with the University of Southern Mississippi is another example how we reinforce police capacities worldwide. By involving academia in police training, we have taken an important step in serving our members countries. It also reaffirms our commitment to excellence.”

Maximizing the use of technology was also high on the agenda, with several private sector partners presenting examples of how police can benefit from the latest innovations to ensure major event security. The NCS4 Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance members include Axis Communications, Babel Street, CEIA, Dell EMC, Dimension Data, Genetec, Hitachi, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson Controls Inc., and Microsoft.

For more information on the course, visit https://www.ncs4.com/trainingportal/international/interpol

For more information on INTERPOL Project STADIA, visit https://www.interpol.int/INTERPOL-expertise/Stadia/Project-Stadia.

For more information on the products/services offered by the NCS4 Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance members, visit https://www.ncs4.com/trainingportal/international/strategic-partners.