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Safeguarding Success: Pono Security’s Remarkable Journey at the Olympic Trials and World Athletics Championships



Pono Security takes immense pride in having been an integral part of the highly esteemed 2021 Olympic Trials and the World Athletics Championships held in 2022. Both were hosted at University of Oregon in Eugene, featuring the iconic Hayward Field. As the chosen security partner, Pono Security had the honor of ensuring the safety and smooth operation of these world-class events. In this blog post, we share our extraordinary experience, highlighting the key achievements, unparalleled dedication, and the remarkable security solutions we provided.

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Building a Strong Team

One of our most notable accomplishments was successfully assembling a robust security team comprising both seasoned professionals and newly recruited guards. Despite the time constraints, we conducted thorough background checks and swiftly organized comprehensive training programs to equip our team with the skills and knowledge necessary to handle the unique demands of these high-profile events. Through meticulous planning and teamwork, we fostered a cohesive and efficient security force capable of delivering exceptional service.

Exceeding Expectations

At Pono Security, exceeding client expectations is at the core of our mission. Throughout the Olympic Trials and World Athletics Championships, we went above and beyond to provide an unparalleled security experience. Our comprehensive approach, tailored to the specific requirements of these prestigious events, ensured that every aspect of security was meticulously addressed. By combining cutting-edge technology, comprehensive risk assessments, and expert security personnel, we created a safe and secure environment where athletes, spectators, and staff could focus on the excitement and thrill of the competitions.

Flexibility and Customization

Our commitment to flexibility and customization played a vital role in our success at both events. We listened to our clients, altering course to better suit their needs and evolve with the circumstances. Our ability to swiftly respond to changing needs, combined with our extensive knowledge of the venues, allowed us to deliver tailored security solutions that catered to the unique demands of each event.

Enhancing the Event Experience

We take great pride in the positive feedback we received from both clients and attendees. By prioritizing a friendly and attentive approach, our dedicated security personnel made a lasting impression. We were told several times that they “didn’t know security could be like this” as our guards wished the attendees goodnight at the end of each day. Their professionalism, combined with a warm and welcoming demeanor, created an environment where guests felt safe, valued, and able to fully enjoy the events. The exceptional experience we provided not only heightened security but also enhanced the overall atmosphere and reputation of these prestigious sporting competitions.

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Winning by Leveraging Technology:

The implementation of state-of-the-art guard tracking systems allowed us to monitor the movements of our security personnel in real-time. This enabled us to ensure optimal coverage and response times, further enhancing the safety and security of the events. The utilization of digital reporting systems streamlined our documentation processes, eliminating the need for cumbersome paperwork and enabling our guards to focus more on their primary responsibilities.

Thanks to the cutting-edge threat detection and analysis tools provided by Ingressotek, we were able to identify and prevent potential security risks before they could escalate. The integration of artificial intelligence and video analytics enabled us to swiftly detect suspicious behavior and swiftly respond, ensuring a secure environment for all participants and attendees.


As we reflect on our incredible experience at the Olympic Trials and the World Athletics Championships, we are humbled by the opportunity to contribute to these prestigious events. Pono Security’s unwavering commitment to building a strong team, exceeding client expectations, adapting to changing circumstances, and enhancing the overall event experience has solidified our position as a trusted leader in event security. We remain committed to raising the bar, setting new standards, and ensuring the safety, enjoyment, and success of future sporting events.

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