Europe is a hotbed for world-class events from international sporting tournaments to political conventions. As some of these events that gather thousands of people can be a target for anything from hooliganism to terrorism, it is crucial to ensure that they are safe and secure for participants and attendees. The EU-funded THE HOUSE (Enhancing European coordination for National Research Programmes in the area of security at major events) project worked on enhancing security in such contexts. It built on years of experience to enhance cooperation within and among security agencies at both national and regional levels. The initiative brought together government and police stakeholders from several countries. Under the coordination of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the project furthered security research regarding major events. It established the House of Major Events so that national authorities across the EU can strengthen security. This involved the articulation of coordination tools/methodologies (CTMs) that enhanced planning, evaluation and training in the field. Public-private partnerships were also established to enhance events security. In addition, the project team produced user guidelines for security end users to exploit the CTMs. It also raised awareness about THE HOUSE and its services, encouraging policymakers to adopt and apply the CTMs. From the football Euro Cup in Poland during 2012 to the EU Presidency in Lithuania during 2013, the project tested its results and validated its security-related tools. It outlined a European major events register, developed a training manual for CTMs and prepared an information kit for stakeholders. Overall, THE HOUSE has helped articulate a common policing approach in Europe for major events. It is set to become a long-lasting European tool for enhancing security by facilitating coordination, promoting training and raising awareness on common policing approaches in the field.
Security, major events, security agencies, policing