The University of Southern Mississippi NCS4 to Host National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition

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The inaugural National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for August 2-4 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference is being held to help educate sports managers and affiliated staff on the importance of being prepared for any catastrophic event or terrorist activity that may occur at a sporting or entertainment venue.

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The inaugural National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for August 2-4 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) of The University of Southern Mississippi – named one of the top universities in Mississippi by 4 International Colleges & Universities, an international higher education search engine and directory who ranks world universities and colleges based on the popularity of their websites – will be hosting this sold-out conference, with prestigious speakers like United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell, set to address the audience.

The University of Southern Mississippi, an extensive Carnegie research university, established the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security in 2006, to provide a global interdisciplinary environment focused on education, research and outreach efforts in sport event security. The 1st annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition is being held to help educate sports managers and affiliated staff on the importance of being prepared for any catastrophic event or terrorist activity that may occur at a sporting or entertainment venue.

The three-day conference officially gets underway at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel on August 2 at 3 p.m. Master of Ceremonies, Mark Moran of Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, will welcome the attendees, followed by an address by The University of Southern Mississippi President, Dr. Martha Saunders. Janet Napolitano will be speaking from 4-5 p.m. about the “Government’s Role in Balancing Safety and Security,” with Roger Goodell discussing “Balancing the Fan Experience with Security & Safety” afterwards.

“We are very fortunate to have Secretary Napolitano speak to our attendees at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition,” stated Director of NCS4, Dr. Lou Marciani. “The sold-out conference is a reflection of the growing interest in sport safety and security from the sport venue security personnel, first responders, manufacturers and league security officials. We are looking forward to her remarks relative to balancing sport event security and the fan experience.”

The in-depth conference will also include panel discussions moderated by collegiate and professional security experts and feature exhibits from security companies across the United States. The closing speech for the conference is scheduled at 12:15 p.m. on August 4, given by retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, praised for coordinating recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Helping reach the pre-conference attendance goal of 300, include representatives from the City of Detroit Police Department; police departments from the University of Kentucky, the University of Utah and Auburn University; the Georgia Dome; and several major professional sports organizations, to name a few.

For more information about the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition call 601-266-6183 or visit http://www.NCS4.com/conference.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is an extensive Carnegie research university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century workforce providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, MS, with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information can be found at http://www.usm.edu.

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