The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security is established at the University of Southern Mississippi under the auspices of the Vice President of Research. The University of Southern Mississippi is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a "Doctoral/Research-Extensive Institution." This national recognition validates the high quality of USM’s strong graduate and undergraduate programs. The NCS4 is partially underwritten by grants from the United States Department of Homeland Security and enterprise functions with the ambitious mission of supporting the advancement of sports safety and security in the United States and throughout the world.
The research and educational mission of the National Center is accomplished by working in close partnership with industry professionals, researchers and academics, and national and international government agencies to develop and deploy practical performance improvement tools and applications that bolster the capacity of practitioners to respond effectively to the current and future safety and security challenges and issues.