Sport Event Security Aware (SESA)


The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), at The University of Southern Mississippi, offers a security planning process designed to promote a standardized methodology for security planning at sporting venues and events throughout the United States. This planning process, known as Sport Event Security Aware (SESA), defines a minimum threshold for security policies, procedures and operational plans that address physical security, technical security, access control, emergency management, training and exercise, and weapons of mass destruction.

SESA was designed and developed by NCS4 personnel (Dr. Walter Cooper, Dr. Stacey Hall, Dr. Lou Marciani, Jim McGee, and Frederick Gardy), funded by grants from Mississippi Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and receives continuous support from sport safety and security subject matter experts, DHS, and NCS4 National Advisory Board.

SESA assessments are available to all professional, collegiate, high school and event organizations that own or operate sports facilities. The assessment is designed to be a repeated cycle implemented by venue or event managers to enhance preparedness, prevention, response and recovery efforts of acts of terrorism. While venue or event managers continue to enhance their security plans, NCS4 will review the plans and procedures submitted, provide recommendations, train key personnel, and conduct security exercises.


The Following Facilities have received the Sport Event Security Aware Seal of Approval from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security

Alcorn State University

Delta State University

Jackson State University

Indiana University

Louisiana State University

Mississippi State University

Mississippi Valley State University

Penn State University

Texas A&M University

University of Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi




Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)

Flyer (.pdf)


For more information, please contact Daniel Ward at 601.266.5999 or e-mail Daniel.L.Ward@usm.edu.


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