The First World Police Sport and Security Conference (WPSSC) was opened the 23rd of March under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheik Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who was represented by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khalid Al-Sabah. Who pointed to the importance of the conference towards strengthening sports security as one of the important pillars of the comprehensive security package of all types, besides its role in securing and protecting sports competitions. Sheikh Mohammad said sports security has a major role in securing events, maintaining order and confronting violence and hooliganism in sports arenas, which allows athletes and the crowd to enjoy sports in a comfortable atmosphere.
He said importance of the conference is reflected in the topics of its sessions which allows those present to know the recent administrative directions in running sports facilities and the legislative and legal frameworks of sports security as well as challenges, obstacles, crimes, crises, violence, and fighting doping with all it causes in the form of destructive psychological effects on the society. Sheikh Mohammad said the conference will discuss the role of sports media in addition to social media in educating all sports elements which will serve sports security, and their relation with physical sports. He said the conference will give participants experiences and skills trough discussions of successful experiences of local and international police systems, and the way they react with sports events to strengthen sports security. President of the USIP Lt .Gen Sheikh Ahmad AL-Nawaf welcomed delegations and hoped the conference reaches important recommendations that benefit sports and athletes in general and police sports in particular.