DOHA, Qatar – With the safety and security of major events relying on effectively integrating people, technology and processes, Project Stadia has brought together experts from law enforcement, FIFA, venue operators, sporting clubs and the private security sector to shape solutions for this security challenge.
A core component of INTERPOL Project Stadia is to create a Centre of Excellence to help INTERPOL member countries in planning and executing policing and security preparations for major sporting events.
To achieve this, Project Stadia is mandated to organize expert group meetings on the key themes of physical security, legislation and cybersecurity.
These meetings bring together global experts from law enforcement, event organizing committees, government, the private sector, academia and civil society to explore state-of-the-art research and analysis and develop independent recommendations for planning and executing security arrangements for major international sporting events.
Col. Mohammed Majid Al-Sulaiti, Director of the Security Department of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “In our bid to host the FIFA World Cup we told the world to expect amazing. To deliver on this promise, in partnership with INTERPOL, we have brought together experts from all over the world along with Qatari law enforcement officers to enable the transfer of knowledge, experience and share good practices to prepare us for 2022.”
The main objective of the 3rd Stadia Sports Safety and Security Expert Group meeting (23 ‒ 25 April) was to shape best practices in key areas such as cooperation and communications with public security, skills and training, accreditation procedures, and command and coordination.
John Beattie, Stadium and facilities Director at Arsenal Football Club, said: “The expert group meeting on sports safety and security organized by INTERPOL’s Project Stadia brought together a number of experts who provide relevant knowledge and skills. The resulting questions and discussions will assist with security preparations in the running of the 2022 World Cup.”
Established by INTERPOL in 2012 and funded by Qatar, the 10-year Project Stadia will contribute to policing and security arrangements for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and aims to leave a lasting legacy for the world's law enforcement community.
“A key outcome of the meeting is a recognition of the increasing reliance on technology to deliver safe and secure major events and the importance of deploying complementary systems that serve as a force multiplier for security authorities. And with the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia just around the corner it was a timely opportunity to hear first-hand about how preparations are progressing and allow the event's next host, Qatar, to learn directly from Russia's experiences,” said Falah Al Dosari, Senior Project Manager, Project Stadia.
The learning accrued from the range of Project Stadia's activities is consolidated and shared among all INTERPOL member countries via its web-based knowledge management system to help these plan and carry out policing and security preparations for major events.