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Bergen Cops Nationally Certified in Sporting Event Security

Police regularly watch over sporting events that attract 10,000 fans or more, county officials say.

Two Bergen County police officers have become certified sports safety officers, making them some of the first in the nation to be recognized for how they manage security details at large sporting events.

Chief Brian Higgins and Captain James Mullin of the Bergen County Police Department were recently certified through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security as sport security professionals, County Executive Kathy Donovan announced in a release last week. The certification, offered through the University of Southern Mississippi, tests law enforcement officials on various aspects of large-crowd event management, like emergency planning, legal implications, and crowd management, the release said.

According to Donovan, the county hosts “high profile” sporting events that attract as many as 10,000 people to its parks and golf courses, Bergen Community College, and the Bergen County Special Services School District.

“Our Parks Director, Ron Kistner has been extremely successful in booking high-profile events at our parks”, Higgins said in the release.

"With these events comes the need for increased security.This accreditation will ensure that procedures and policies are properly adhered to. The Bergen County Police are focused on the safety and security of the players, coaches’ staff and spectators at these events."

The announcement comes in the midst of an ongoing battle between the county executive and freeholder board over the fate of the BCPD. 

JJ April 08, 2014 at 07:42 AM
That's Great, More officers from the Bergen County PD should be certified ! This way the Presence of the Officer makes the people at the event feel more comfortable but also lets the officials at the Event know that an crowd Issue's it will be handled by a professional, As well as someone in law enforcement, to up hold the law. [ Or at least we think }
GayReagan88 April 08, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Each officer should Carry a pocket bible and the ability to provide judgement and sentencing on site. We would have less sinful parasites; poisonous creatures bred into ignorance by their neglectful parents. Maybe our officers should gain more experience and knowledge than waste their time rotting their minds with sports and other vegetating activities. This town is beyond salvation, I can only hope those with hindsight can absolve themselves through the edifice of catholisim and Christianity. Praise be Jesus, may he strike down all those who worship false prophets such as "Little Wayne" and Glen beck. When the rapture will squeeze the sin and hate out of all our souls, Vishnu will ascend the mountain of time. She will take the form of Kalki and you rapist, democratic, fascist slime.
GayReagan88 April 08, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Will feel the pain of the sins you have committed. Kali Yuga will end swiftly, prepare.

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