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By Mark Moran, IR Security Technologies

Here are some things that integrators working with venue operators should propose:

Perimeter control: Security should establish a 500-foot outer perimeter around the stadium. Security needs to lock down the stadium, have police patrol before and after events, establish a secure inner perimeter and secure vulnerable systems with locks and seals.

Access control: Venues should continue prohibiting items such as coolers, large backpacks and weapons. They should publicize inspections and prohibited items, locate security personnel and law enforcement at each entry point, identify coaches and players entering locker rooms and restricted areas and reserve the right to inspect any deliveries to any event area.

Credentialing: Credentials should be worn at all times and be substantially different from those used in prior sessions. Venues should maintain a record of people issued credentials.

Physical protection systems: Establishing a 100-foot inner perimeter, utilizing barriers and having digital camera monitoring capabilities are highly suggested. The stadium and press box should be equipped with an Integrated Security Management System consisting of CCTV, access control and alarms.

Risk management: Developing risk management plans for events and completing these plans in conjunction with local law enforcement are very important. Weekly game management meetings addressing risk management issues should be conducted frequently and risk management training should be conducted with all game day staff.

Emergency management: Emergency management is critical, especially the development of an emergency response plan, evacuation plan, disaster plan and emergency medical plan. Emergency response plans should be coordinated with local, state, and federal emergency management agencies. A primary and secondary security command and control center should be established, having a view of the playing field to facilitate decision-making.

Recovery procedures: Identifying security needs and having written contracts or mutual aid agreements in effect with local and out-of-state emergency responders are of the highest importance. Contracts should be in place for immediate restoration and secondary locations identified to hold event bookings.

Communications: Identify a chain of command, providing a sequence of notification, having access to handheld radios and possessing reliable communication systems with backups in place. The command center should have direct access to the emergency communication system and maintain reliable communications with the PA/video staff in order to authorize emergency scripts and messages.

Security personnel: Security personnel, provided by licensed and certified providers, should be included in all training and planning activities to ensure they are aware of their duties and responsibilities. All personnel must have a background check.

Training, modeling and simulation: Training should be provided in several areas including inspection procedures to security staff, credential recognition to access control personnel and security awareness to ushers, vendors and volunteers. Conducting evacuation simulations, practicing emergency drills prior to season and conducting table top exercises are highly important. During training scenarios, planners should test the chain of command, decision making process, primary/secondary communications and emergency use of the PA and video systems.

Toxic material protection: All potentially dangerous chemicals or materials must be permanently removed from the sport stadium. Toxic materials protection and decontamination should be part of the emergency response and evacuation plans. Campus police and safety officers need to be trained to the Weapons of Mass Destruction/Hazmat awareness levels.

Wireless: In any wireless discussion, things to consider must include: 900 MHz versus 2.4 GHz; security versus range; battery considerations; encryption; and dynamic channel switching. In addition, be aware that lockdowns can be an issue with wireless.