SHOUT OUT: The Bergen County Police Department has become one of the first law enforcement agencies in the U.S. to receive national certification for the way it handles security at sporting events and other venues.
The purpose of the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification is to assure that middle and upper management of agencies responsible for the job have the necessary knowledge, skill and ability.
Bergen County hosts various high-profile events, some of which draw more than 10,000 people — among them, interstate scholastic football games, the Under Armour I-95 Classic, the Triple Crown Baseball tournament and Diamond Exchange Cricket. Overpeck Park has also been the site of large concerts.
The BCPD handles security at those events, while providing primary police services at Bergen Community College, Bergen County Special Services and 21 parks and five golf courses within the county park system.
“Our Parks Director, Ron Kistner has been extremely successful in booking high-profile events at our parks,” BCPD Chief Brian Higgins said. “With these events comes the need for increased security. This accreditation will ensure that procedures and policies are properly adhered to.”
Capt. James Mullin was the driving force behind the accreditation, County Executive Kathleen Donovan said, while calling the department a “trailblazer” in the field.
Among the duties reviewed by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) were all security policies and practices, emergency plans, and the implementation of security products, including security cameras, access control, physical barriers and lighting.
AND: www.ncs4.com ( National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security )
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