Facility Security, Policies and Training

NCS4, CISA Offer Best Practices for Touchless Security Screening at Public Venues

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), an academic center housed at the University of Southern Mississippi and partially underwritten by grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has announced the publication of the Public Venue Security Screening Guide – Touchless Screening Annex.

Produced in collaboration with the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Touchless Screening Annex offers best practices for non-contact screening procedures that stakeholders may implement in addition to the screening procedures outlined in the previously released Public Venue Security Screening Guide. The Annex is intended for use at public venues hosting various events, including sporting events, concerts, fairs and family festivals, conventions, theme parks, and other events or functions where Americans gather.

“This is a timely resource for the industry as spectators return to venues and management strives to ensure the safe and secure entry of patrons,” said Dr. Stacey Hall, NCS4 Executive Director and Professor of Sport Management. “The NCS4 sincerely values the partnership with the CISA team and appreciates the national Working Group members that helped make this resource a reality.”

The Public Venue Security Screening Guide released in July 2021 set the stage for this latest product. That guide was the third in the CISA series of document updates, beginning with the Public Venue Bag Search Guide release in 2019 and the Public Venue Credentialing Guide release in 2020.

The new Touchless Screening Annex is available here.