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.
SESA Candidate Handbook (.pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf)
SESA Compliance Review Panel Members:
Joe Coomer - Director of Security, University of Phoenix Stadium
Steve Keleman - Director Emergency Management, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
August Washington - Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police, Vanderbilt University
Kevin Scott - Sergeant, Louisiana State University
Barry Stanford - Senior Director of Security Operations and Intelligence, AEG World Wide
SESA for High Schools
School districts that have successfully completed the Risk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Course are eligible and encouraged to seek the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) Sport Event Security Aware designation (SESA). SESA is 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 SESA, defines a minimum threshold for security policies, procedures and operational plans that address physical security, technical security, access control, emergency management, and training and exercise.
SESA Assessment Panel Members:
Joe Canzanella - Citywide Athletics Director, New Haven Public Schools (Connecticut)
James Phillips - Athletic Director, Ocala Forest High School (Florida)
Leroy Brown - Director of Security, Valley View School District 365U (Illinois)
Jamie Sheetz - Activities Director, Park City High School (Utah)
John Richardson - Director of Athletics, East River High School (Florida)