WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to give full consideration to the St. Louis Cardinals’ request for a SAFETY Act certification, which the Cardinals applied for in July.
“The Cards are doing everything within their power to keep their fans safe,” McCaskill said. “With recent terrorist attacks around the world on stadiums, concert venues, and other public spaces, it’s more important than ever that we’ve got robust counterterrorism efforts in place—and I commend the Cardinals organization for proactively taking this important step to improve their security.”
Under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act), sports teams, entertainment venues, and other groups can apply for a certification that provides legal liability protections to entities who put in place anti-terrorism measures. The Cardinals applied for the SAFETY Act certification in July, and are increasing security at the stadium through measures including background checks on all staff including outside vendors, creating a new K-9 program, and updating their current security technology.
“I commend the Cardinals’ desire to participate in this DHS program that is designed to make the players, staff, and fans safer,” wrote McCaskill in her letter to the DHS Acting Secretary. “As you proceed through this evaluation, I urge you to give the Cardinals application for SAFETY Act certification full consideration.”
Read McCaskill’s letter to the DHS Acting Secretary HERE.