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US Sports Security Research Centre opens

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has officially opened its Sport Security Research, Training and Operations Center.

The new centre, at the National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL), helps bring to life NCS4’s vision of being the world’s leading academic research institution in addressing sport safety and security risks and threats.

The NSSL’s Sport Security Research, Training, and Operations Center now connects to the sport facilities on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus including M.M. Roberts Football Stadium, Reed Green Coliseum, Peter Taylor Park baseball stadium, as well as remotely connected venues.

This connectivity provides researchers and solution providers the opportunity to immerse themselves in a real-life sports safety and security environment.

Dr. Gordon Cannon, The University of Southern Mississippi’s vice president for research, said:

This cutting-edge facility gives the University a world-class research, training and operation centre. A relatively new profession such as sports safety and security demands research and scholarship. Now our faculty and students have access to a world-wide sandbox to study real-world, sport-security challenges and issues.

Daniel Ward, director of the National Laboratory and Training Center, described further capabilities of the new Sport Security Research, Training, and Operations Center.

The centre incorporates cutting-edge technology which provides the university with capabilities to gather, process, analyse, display and disseminate planning and operations data for research and training.

As a living laboratory, it also provides students, academia, industry, and government a place to research and learn.

The addition of the Sport Security Research, Training, and Operations Center gives NCS4 the ability to achieve its mission to conduct innovative research, provide training, enhance professional development, and assess security solutions.