Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security identified sport venues as soft targets of terrorism. The University of Southern Mississippi took the academic initiative to respond to the nation’s emerging security needs by establishing the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) in 2006. The NCS4 is the nation’s only research Center focused on spectator sports safety and security. NCS4 serves as a cornerstone in representing The University of Southern Mississippi’s innovative approach to research, training, and development.
The goal of NCS4 is to address the evolving security challenges of the ever-growing 60 billion dollar U.S. sports industry. New challenges emerge every day that increase the complexity of protecting people, property, and information. Through quality training, research, technology assessments, certifications, and professional development, NCS4 provides the knowledge and expertise needed for professional leagues, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, marathons/endurance events, private sector firms, and governmental agencies to protect spectators and other key assets.
To become the world’s leading academic research institution in addressing sport safety and security risks and threats.
To conduct innovative research, deliver quality training, and enhance professional development.
NCS4 operates under the auspices of the Vice President-Research at The University of Southern Mississippi.