City, state, federal leaders band together for Super Bowl safety
POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:34am
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU-CNN) — Officials are preparing for increased security before, during and after Sunday's Super Bowl.
Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Col. Jerry Sneed said about 1,300 federal agents, 270 extra state troopers and officers from surrounding parishes will be in the area to help out.
"We've got everybody coming to help us out on this one. It's important," Sneed said.
Raymond Parmer, Jr., with U.S. Immigration and Customs said all delivery trucks going into the Superdome will be electronically scanned for bombs.
Security leaders said this year's Super Bowl ranks just beneath national security events.
Visitors to the game can expect to be subject to pat-downs and metal detectors.
Plain-clothed officers will be on the streets, planes will be flying to monitor crowd, satellite technology will be used for live monitoring, and Coast Guard started security operations on the lower Mississippi River on Monday.
An official security briefing is scheduled for Wednesday. Speakers at the event include secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, chief security officer for the NFL, the FBI, Immigration and Customs special agent in charge and the chief of police.