Event / Project Details:
ISC were enlisted for the second year to plan and handle all security aspects for the annual NFL UK tour. Providing security for NFL VVIP's, two teams of players, 35 Cheerleaders and dozens of NFL officials, the project required 24/7 operational security management with over 400 ISC staff on duty at peak times.
Thorough operational planning was required with initial meetings held twelve months in advance. During the operation ISC provided all aspects of security over a fourteen day period, including allocation of close protection personnel, security for the Cheerleaders' promotional tour, guarding services for a ten-day build for a substantial pre-game Tailgate Party outside the stadium and continuous hotel / transport security.
An evening reception and cocktail party at St Paul's Cathedral attended by Mayor of London Boris Johnson required further security.
ISC pre-planned all parking arrangements, barrier layouts, and guarding for the event, including entries / exits and monitoring of guest lists.
The Tailgate event was initially prepared for 26,000 attendees; however numbers were increased to 30,000 with only 24 hours noticed. ISC added extra search teams and stewarding staff and reconfigured crowd barriers inside the marquee to ensure crowd safety. Explosives dogs and handlers were brought in as an added measure. ISC teams also secured key NFL areas within the Stadium, including the pitch.
In addition to the NFL operation, several of the ISC's senior management team are retained by Wembley to undertake key security roles on event days. Providing Senior Levels Manager Pat Carr (ISC MD), Response Team Manager Phil Harris (ISC Senior Operations Manager), and a number of response team co-ordinators and PA announcers, the company provided corporate hospitality security, response team personnel and staff to supplement Wembley's in house security team. This involved over 120 staff for ongoing Wembley responsibilities alone.