National Guidelines for Special Event Security

ILJ is assisting the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), with a congressionally mandated study of special event security, which focuses on changes made since the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001.  Phase I resulted in a comprehensive draft report, Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events:  Guidelines for Law Enforcement (December 2004).  Research for the report included observations of security at major events (NASCAR races, the Kentucky Derby, national political conventions, Super Bowl, and others); on-site interviews with law enforcement and private security; telephone interviews with more than 40 large and medium-sized law enforcement agencies about best practices for public safety and security at events like county fairs, large street festivals, college football games, concerts, and July 4th celebrations; document and literature reviews; and consultations with event security experts, including representatives of the FBI, U. S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, corporate security (e.g., NFL, NASCAR) and private security experts for major events.  Phase II of this project involves development of a training curriculum for law enforcement on special event security.