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Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins and Capt. James Mullin have been certified through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi as Certified Sport Security Professionals. The certification makes the Bergen County Police Department one of the first forces in the nation to have a nationally recognized and certified sports security program.
The Bergen County Police Department is responsible for the security at all county facilities and properties. Its leaders review, recommend and approve all security policies and practices, emergency plans and the implementation of security cameras, access control, physical barriers and lighting.
The force provides primary police services for Bergen Community College, the state’s largest community college, as well as the Bergen County Special Services School District, the county’s largest school district.
The Bergen County Police Department is also responsible for the security at all 21 parks and five golf courses within the Bergen County parks system. In the past, the county has hosted many high profile sporting events including the Under Armour I-95 Classic, Triple Crown baseball tournament and Diamond Exchange Cricket. These events drew more than 10,000 spectators.
“Our parks director, Ron Kistner, has been extremely successful in booking high profile events at our parks” said Higgins. “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 certification ensures that leaders responsible for the planning and overall security operations of sport venues and events have the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform their job.
“The Bergen County Police Department led by Chief Higgins has remained vital to the Bergen County community for nearly 100 years because of its ability to adapt to the changing needs and demands of our communities,” said Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan. “I am proud of Chief Higgins and Captain Mullin for recognizing the need for this certification and the BCPD for being trailblazers in earning this distinction.”