Heavy But Prepared Security Promised For Super Bowel LIV

January 29,2020

The Associated Press
Photo: David J. Phillip

Tight security promised for Super Bowl 54 in Miami, Florida. Florida and federal law enforcement agencies preparing for the Super Bowl this Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens say they are ready for anything, including a detonated bomb or massive food poisoning.

The state will activate its emergency operations centers in Tallahassee, as well as in Miami-Dade and Broward counties before the big game.

“Because this is an event called an ‘event of significant importance,’ Homeland Security is actually in charge of all that,’’ he said. “We are in a supporting role, not just myself, but other state agencies, so we will have boots on the ground.”

Maj. Ed Caneva, the Miami-Dade Police Department operations commander for the NFL title game, said they identify a raft of different scenarios. “We have been training and addressing anything,” Caneva said.

The Super Bowl has long been considered a potential target for terrorists or other violent extremists, and this year the game will be played amid rising tensions with Iran. But none of the games has ever been attacked. Anthony Salisbury, chief of the Homeland Security Investigations office in Miami, said law enforcement agencies nonetheless must be prepared.

“It’s all hands on deck,” Salisbury said. “This is a high-profile event. It’s the same with every Super Bowl. Nothing is being taken for granted.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed flight restrictions over Hard Rock Stadium and around some of the other events. The FAA has even produced a video called “No Drone Zone,” intended to curb the devices around game activities.

More than 10,000 staff members and volunteers will also use a phone app called SaferWatch to report crimes and suspicious activity during the Super Bowl and the events leading up to the game. Threats and crimes reported on the app which is free and available to the public will be fed directly to onsite police command centers, letting law enforcement officials manage up-to-the-minute intelligence.

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