Ahead of the Public Venue & Soft Target Security Summit 2017 we chat to Craig Sheridan, a retired Commissioned Police Officer Professional with over 29 years of experience, and Managing Director of Sheridan Consulting, who look after some of Australia’s biggest public events including the G20 Summit in 2014, the Rugby League World Cup, New Years Eve Sydney and Vivid 2017.
In this article Craig shares with us details of the comprehensive risk management strategies employed to overcome safety challenges at some of Australia’s biggest and most high profile events, with a specific look into the recent Vivid Sydney event.
The upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), one of the world’s largest sporting events, is expected to attract some 7000 elite athletes from over 70 nations, 1.5 million ticketed spectators and some 1.5 billion television viewers.
With the spotlight shining on the Gold Coast for almost a fortnight throughout the event, and growing concern regarding the current global security climate, the pressure is on to deliver a safe, seamless and most importantly enjoyable experience for all involved.
Enter Superintendent Graham Coleman of the Queensland Police, and Program Manager of Games Operations for GC2018. Ahead of the Public Venue and Soft Target Security Summit 2017 Graham chats to us about GC2018’s comprehensive security strategy, which includes venue hardening through a number of innovative new techniques, and further explores how the Games Operators are striving to ensure that security supports, but does not define the Games.