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Multiple Agencies Oversee Super Bowl Security Plan

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TWC News: Multiple Agencies Oversee Super Bowl Security Plan
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Thousands of police officers and security personnel on both sides of the Hudson River will be hitting the land, air and water as part of a major blitz to tackle any terror attempt on the Super Bowl. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

As the fans and teams get ready for a little football, law enforcement agencies are ready for lots of security.

"The primary role of the FBI during the Super Bowl is to protect and defend against terrorist threats," said Newark FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Ford.

The FBI says agents across the world will be monitoring any threats. Numerous law enforcement agencies in New York and New Jersey are working with the bureau. Officials say they don't think anything will go wrong, but if it does they are ready.

The New Jersey State Police is the lead agency for security in and around MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

"Our SWAT team, our divers, our heavy rescue personnel in coordination with our aviation and our Marine division has done extensive training over the last couples of months on things in scenario based training that we may be, have to confront," said NJSP Lieutenant Colonel Edward Cetnar.

The security preparations stretch far beyond the stadium. Thousands of fans as well as players will be staying in New York and Northern New Jersey with events held in both states in the week leading up to the February second game.

Although protecting the stadium and all of the fans coming here for the big game is a major responsibility, law enforcement officials in New York and New Jersey say they are faced with major challenges every single day when it comes to security.

"Nobody at this table needs to be reminded in the shadow of the World Trade Center how important this event is," said New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo.

NYPD officers will have their hands full with events like Super Bowl Boulevard, which will take over 14 blocks of Broadway in midtown. Fans are expected to pour in for events tied to the game. Many streets will be blocked off during the day.

"We will be working with the different commercial aspects for truck deliveries, we are looking for them to deliver from midnight and 11 a.m.," said NYPD Chief James Waters.

For those taking mass transit, police recommend traveling light because there will be numerous check points throughout the entire week.

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