America’s top cop is joining the Oak View Group. Earlier today, officials with OVG announced that former New York Police Commissioner and LA Police Chief Bill Bratton will help lead a new subsidiary called Prevent Advisors, “a consulting firm focused on implementing holistic security and counterterrorism solutions for the sports and entertainment facility industry,” according to a release from the company.
“The industry must acknowledge the speed at which the world is changing,” Bratton said in a statement provided to Amplify. “It is imperative we expand our collaborative approach to create solutions that achieve defensible outcomes,” adding, “we need to establish a new and heightened standard, one that is optimized for public safety, because that is what the public deserves. This new delivery addresses the evolving challenges and is built to be equally adaptive in the future.”
Prevent Advisors will work hand-in-hand with OVG “and its Arena Alliance to provide services tailored to meet the ever-evolving threats facing arenas and stadiums worldwide,” the release said, explaining that Bratton joins OVG as an equity partner.
“With a focus on optimizing industry best practices, Prevent Advisors will integrate state-of-the-art products and service providers, emerging technologies and data analysis into a flexible model designed to service facilities at any stage of their life-cycle,” the release reads.
OVG recently announced the formation of its 22-facility Arena Alliance, with charter members that include Toronto’s Air Canada Center, Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, The Forum in Los Angeles, Golden 1 Credit Union Center in Sacramento and Madison Square Garden in New York.
Prevent Advisors was founded by former Special Forces military officers Chris Robinette and Ben Tolle, who both have over a decade of tactical experience in some of the world’s most challenging regions of conflict. Robinette will serve as Prevent Advisors CEO and Tolle as the company’s COO.
“We’re living in a vastly different world than we were even a decade ago and it’s critical that we as an industry do everything in our power to address the rapidly evolving threats we face,” said OVG Founder and CEO Tim Leiweke in a statement. “Chris and Ben’s expertise and network, along with that of Bill’s, gives Prevent Advisors an understanding of those challenges in a way our business has not yet experienced. Prevent Advisors is about giving facilities and retail districts an outlet for conversation, analysis, improvements and solutions, as well as implementation on how to stay ahead of the threat.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Prevent Advisors “has a keen understanding of today’s environment and the resources and experience necessary to provide our venues with best-in-class service and protection.”
The release explains that “Prevent Advisors will harness the facility expertise of arena and stadium operators and pair that with their extensive network across government, law enforcement, the military and the technology sector to deliver an unparalleled level of security consulting. In collaboration with Arena Alliance facilities and law enforcement organizations around the world, Prevent Advisors will develop and execute strategies designed to meet the ever-evolving threats sports and entertainment facilities face.”
Scott O’Neil, CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center said the group has “the power to implement not only what our peers in the Arena Alliance are doing, but implementing from the best and brightest in law enforcement and the military gives us a major advantage in staying in front of potential security challenges moving forward,” according to a release.