Best Practices in Event Security Screening

The event security experts at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) have identified important aspects of screening at events to ensure spectator safety. NCS4 is a research center devoted to the study and practice of spectator sports safety and security, and is part of the University of Southern Mississippi. The Center recently partnered with S2 Global’s sister company Rapiscan Systems to convene an event safety event in conjunction with the Rapiscan Systems Classic PGA Tour Champions golf event in Mississippi.

Here are key approaches highlighted in NCS4’s screening best-practices takeaway:

  1. Communicate about what is prohibited before the event, including developing a written policy about what is – and is not – allowed at the venue. Publicize it on-line, through social media and via signage at key locations, including transit and parking locations.
  2. Devise clear, consistent staff procedures that ensure guests feel they are treated respectfully, and apply the rules consistently. Establish a policy that anyone who refuses screening will be denied entry to the venue.
  3. Develop the screening process and implementation by taking into account local law, threat/risk assessments, current intelligence, past event history, event type, situation awareness and current world climate.

NCS4 suggests considering specific procedures to fine-tune your screening program and ensure its success. This includes testing screening equipment and staff performance under live conditions and in real-time. If you are allowing bags into the venue, consider limiting the quantity, size and type of bag permitted. Learn more about NCS4’s Safety and Security Best Practices Guides here:

As part of efforts to strengthen security at stadiums and events, S2 Global and its sister company Rapiscan Systems have assembled an experienced team to review event security programs and consult on solutions that will close security gaps. Our expertise helps organizations evaluate technology needs, develop operational procedures including traffic flows and people and vehicle entry point screening, provide in-depth training for security and support staff, and manage the entire operation during an event.

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