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Security Plan

The Security Plan outlines the procedures for both event and non-event days.

The Security Plan details the procedures for the security of a venue on both event and non-event days.

This is to ensure that the business operation and the premises are secure and protected during normal working hours and when the premises are closed.

It should be developed following a security risk assessment and included in the Operations Manual. 

The plan should be drawn up by a competent person who has a deep familiarity with the venue and its layout, including Zone Ex. It should complement any security procedures included within other plans in the Operations Manual, such as the Traffic Management Plan and the Zone Ex Co-ordination Plan.

All proposed security measures should be proportionate and relevant.

While the Security Plan is a generic document, for use under standard operational conditions, it should be reviewed and updated for specific events, as part of the Event Management Plan operation. 

In the UK, the plan should also confirm that, before the event, the venue management and/or event organiser have met and shared any concerns with both their local Police Security Co-ordinator (SeCo) and their local Counter Terrorism Security Adviser (CTSA).

This plan should include:

Non-event days

  • A list of all security personnel employed or contracted at the venue, including details of where they are deployed and the extent of their duties and responsibilities
  • Procedures for staff to respond to the delivery or presence of suspicious items or packages or the presence of unauthorised persons on-site.
  • Details of staff training on security and counter terrorism matters
  • Procedures for the screening and searching
  • Procedures for processing and checking vehicles carrying deliveries or supplies
  • Details of accreditation procedures for suppliers to the venue
  • Site plans showing any perimeter security arrangements in place
  • Where applicable, details of any security control points in or around the venue, including details of each point’s list of responsibilities, its staffing levels and resources.
  • Details of the scope and performance of the venue’s CCTV system
  • Cyber security procedures
  • Procedures for securing the venue at the end of the working day
  • Procedures for conducting thorough searches of the venue

Event days

For event days all the above security procedures should remain in place, supplemented by details of the following additional measures, which should also be recorded in the Security Plan:

  • Accreditation procedures, including for athletes, performers and event officials and all vehicles
  • Searching and screening procedures, if any, for people entering the venue and vehicles.
  • A list of prohibited items, the details of which should be communicated to all people (not just ticket holders) entering the venue on an event day, prior to entry.
  • How prohibited items will be stored, disposed of, and/or returned to their owners, and also how event staff will process or manage the individuals responsible.
  • Procedures to be followed should an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, be sighted above or in the vicinity of the venue