Secure Your Peace of Mind.


For Law Enforcement, Public Safety Officials, And Event Organizers

This course is designed to provide law enforcement, private security, city and county officials, fire marshals, risk managers, civilian special event managers and others who manage events with the information, skills and tools necessary to provide a safe environment, reduce liability and guide individual and group behaviors at events.

Participants will learn how to conduct thorough research, how to plan to avoid potential problems, and how to implement security and traffic plans to ensure a safe and secure event. The primary focus of the course will be on Festivals, Parades, Carnivals, Runs/Marathons, Sporting Events, Concerts, Movie Productions, Demonstrations, Conventions, Religious, and Commercial Events. 


The Following Are The 11 Major Areas We Cover In The Special Event Safety Seminar

The course material listed here is only a fraction of what will be discussed in this 32 hour seminar.


1. Course Registration and Orientation

  • Introduction to course materials and course content
  • Necessity of strategic event planning for safety and security
  • Briefing on the 20 hour program

2. Special Events and the Community

  • Definition of the various events communities have and their impact
  • Why communities want events
  • What events can achieve for a community
  • Production, pre event meetings
  • Political implications events bring
  • Citizen and business involvement in planning events
  • Defining the tone of the event

3. Planning and Research for Special Events

  • Reasons for detailed planning
  • The necessity of a detailed permit application with a proven example
  • Research methods for past or similar events
  • Understanding the needs/concerns of the community
  • Information needed to determine venue safety
  • Determining potentially hazardous vs. non-hazardous events
  • Police Responsibilities (Proper staffing, deployment, alert factors)
  • Private Security responsibilities and their staffing
  • Volunteers and their role at events
  • Event Organizers responsibilities
  • Use of the internet for research
  • ADA issues that need to be addressed/resolved
  • Special Events at Universities and their unique problems
  • Good practices identified
  • How Social Media can help you with event research
  • How Social Media impacts your event

4. Public Safety Command Coordination

  • Planning for the worst case scenario
  • Managing both large and small events
  • Is a formalized command post needed
  • Who should be represented at a CP if one is established
  • Organization, cooperation, intelligence sharing
    • Law Enforcement
    • Private Security
    • Ushers
    • Medical
    • Fire Marshall
    • Event Organizer/Operations Manager
    • Facility Manager
    • Risk Management
    • Media Coordinator
    • Transportation and parking coordinator
    • Other agencies, departments, civilian organizers
  • When chaos erupts and potential responses
  • Emergency response plans
  • Prisoner Processing
  • Demobilization, Post Event Activities
  • Discussion of Seattle Riot Case Study
  • Discussion of University of Oklahoma incident Case Study

5. Bombs, Active Shooter at a Special Event – Behavioral Pattern Recognition

  • Overwatch/SWAT sniper positions overseeing venues
  • Vehicles used as weapons
  • Special Events are a target that we need to be aware of
  • Special issues that events have that other incidents don’t
  • Preparing law enforcement staff for potential responses
  • Preparing security staff to assist in their response
  • Improvised Explosive Devices at events
  • Behavioral Pattern Recognition
    • Signs, indicators and behaviors to look for
    • Israel’s response and their training ideas
    • Observing the crowd pre, post and during event
  • Suicide bombers
  • Terror prevention methods

6. Alcohol Management at Special Events

  • Events need revenue to operate and Alcohol is a major source of income
  • Alcohol Management Programs are needed
  • Beer gardens, alcohol zones
  • Staffing, shifts, relief’s,
  • Equipment needs
  • Cost saving methods, budget and logistics

7. Event Management (Security, Staffing, Safety issues)

  • Several case studies discussed where events went bad
  • Alcohol Management issues
  • Beer Gardens
  • Gang issues at events
  • Tailgating and partying in the parking lot and surrounding streets
  • Fights
  • Counterfeit tickets
  • Venue overcrowding
  • Performer no-shows and dealing with the crowd
  • Environmental factors
  • Spectator moods and emotions
  • Security or police induced incidents
  • Importance of signage and directional information to patrons
  • Illegal vendors (bootleggers, unauthorized street vendors)
  • Food vendors and hazards associated with them
  • Weapons, unauthorized items inside of the venue
  • Bomb threats, found explosive devices
  • Event location (type of venue, location, residence/business impact)
  • Attendee demographics and how will it affect your event
  • Lighting importance, type recommended
  • Open or closed venue (admission or free, fencing issues)
  • Searches prior to entering
  • Masking identities
  • Live music, bands and types of crowds to deal with
  • Concert seating/impacts- reserved, general admission, festival seating
  • Stage types and issues, inspections, fencing, electrical, safety issues
  • Parking, shuttle service, VIP parking, safety issues
  • Live radio/TV broadcasts in parking lot and during event
  • Live animals at events and animal rides
  • Carnivals and associated problems
  • Area crime statistics surrounding the event
  • Roving security patrols (interior, exterior, parking lot)
  • The threat of terrorism and how it affects your event
  • Pyrotechnics and fireworks (outdoor and indoor)
  • Enforcement posture
  • Volunteers (Assignments, responsibilities, no-show issues)
  • Circus events and the problems these bring
  • Convention/trade shows
  • Religious events
  • Runs, marathons, in-line skates, disabled participants
  • Cultural events
  • Medical tents, roving patrols
  • Public Nudity, lewd acts
  • Registered sex offenders working at the event
  • Best practices for recommended serving sizes
  • Limiting times alcohol is served
  • New challenges events face with alcohol
  • Inadequate waste removal and the public safety consequences
  • Protestors and the media
  • Fan participant problems
  • VIP’s at events, groupies, stalkers
  • Unanticipated obstructed seats and relocating issues
  • Hate crimes, prior to and during the event
  • Natural disasters, preparation and communicating with the right people
  • Infrastructure issues, inspections
  • Lost children
  • Venue design with crowd flow and management a priority
  • Pets at events, domesticated and wild animals
  • ADA issues, service animals, assistance devises
  • Event cancellation issues, postponements, interruptions
  • Pre-inspection of venue for safety and liability issues
  • Road closures, impacts to businesses and residents, detours
  • Pedestrian movement
  • Traffic plans
  • Traffic controllers, barricades, traffic control signage
  • Pedestrian channelization
  • Fire Marshall’s responsibilities at events

8. Special Event Liability

  • Unique risk factors Special Events presents
  • Responsibility and liability of all who manage the event face
  • Risk management program
  • Premise liability and supervisors responsibilities
  • Special relationships
  • Negligent entrustment, supervision, training, assignments
  • Attractive nuisances at events
  • Approaches to reduce risk
  • County Council/City Attorney involvement
  • Crowd management as it relates to liability
  • Risks of untrained personnel at events you manage
  • Discussions of video’s presented where events went wrong
  • Discussion of numerous pictures of liability/risk issues at events

9. Crowd Psychology and Methods to Prevent a Riot

  • Effective Crowd Management vs. Crowd Control
  • Proactive responses vs. reactive responses
  • Audiences/fans/participants vs. a mob
  • Crowd risk type
  • Loss of identity in the crowd – Deindividuation
  • Social identity
  • Anonymity
  • Collective behavior
  • Overcrowding and crowd panic examples with possible resolutions
  • Environmental and Architectural impact
  • Recognizing types of crowds and methods to prevent violence

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