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Conference To Examine Major Event Security

20 June 2006

Conference To Examine Major Event Security

Security industry professionals are meeting in Wellington this week (June 22-23) at the annual New Zealand Security Association conference.

With the World Soccer Cup and the World Rowing Championship confirmed for New Zealand, the paper to be presented by Intelligence Risks’ Chief Executive Neil Fergus on Managing the Security at Major Events, is expected to attract particular interest.

“The Australian-based Intelligence Risks is recognised as an international leader in the fields of strategic security planning, security risk management, infrastructure protection and security for international major events,” says NZSA Executive Director Barrie Cooper.

“An Intelligence Risks team completed venue vulnerability studies on more than 40 facilities that were used for the Athens 2004 Olympics. More recently, Mr Fergus was heavily involved in security issues around the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne”

Other international speakers at the conference will include Bill Whalley, Chief Executive of Vast Academy in Australia who will present a paper on Industry Licensing Issues from the Australian Perspective. Jim Shamess, a former Brigadier General in the US Air Force, whose last assignment was as Director of Security Forces and Force Protection, will speak on the subject of Getting Adequate resources to Counter Unpredictable threat.

New Zealand speakers will include Deputy Police Commissioner Rob Pope who will look at the Police perspective of Law and Order. NZSA chairman, and representative of Matrix Security on the NZSA Board, Scott Carter will deliver a Political and Legislation overview.

Delegates will also hear about current work at the Crime Prevention Unit in the Ministry of Justice. Senior Analyst Brian Webster is responsible for managing the crime reduction relationships and contracts between New Zealand’s 10 largest city councils and the Crime Prevention Unit. He has completed more than100 crime reduction projects with city councils and service providers.


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