In 2006 The University of Southern Mississippi announced the establishment of a ''first of its kind'' Center for Spectator Sports Security Management (CSSSM) - a world-wide interdisciplinary Center specifically focused on research, education, and outreach efforts in sport event security.
In 2009, the Center for Spectator Sport Security Management (CSSSM) became the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety & Security (NCS4).
The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security is an outgrowth of a grant initiative funded by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Established in 2006, the capabilities of the Center are enhanced by its close links with other Southern Miss academic and research centers as well as with other institutions of higher learning, professional associations, and corporate partners.
To become a valuable national resource center that demonstrates development of security infrastructure systems and processes that will model solutions supporting multiple sports venue environments.
To conduct innovative research, provide internationally recognized academic programs, enhance training capabilities and develop integrated security solutions.