Safety comes first at the Super Bowl as security tightens up

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Along with the Super Bowl comes lots of security personnel. Security levels have never been higher than they are this week in Atlanta.

Approximately a million visitors are expected to be in Atlanta the week of Super Bowl 53.  With the influx of people, security is a top priority. All 1700 members of the Atlanta Police Department are active, and alternating in 12 hour shifts.

In addition, more than 50 local, state, and federal agencies are helping out.

“The federal government uses a ranking system on sporting events or large events like the Super Bowl and this is considered the top S.E.A.R one which is the highest ranking you can have below  presidential inauguration, says Scott Kreher, the Deputy Chief of Contingency Operations Division.
 Inside the Joint Operations Center, a staff of 50 plus people is able to monitor more than 10,000 cameras that are located throughout the city, and specifically inside the Super Bowl foot print.

“We support 13 different instant command locations throughout the city, so those instant commanders that are out there on the street doing the actual work report up to area command here located inside the Joint Command Center,” says Kreher.

Members of the Rams and Patriots have their own security detail through the NFL, although the city will help out at the team hotels and practice facilities, so the players and coaches can focus on football.

“The level of security, you see cops, you see the army, you see the secret service, see guys like that, just the attention to detail. You have to make sure guys are safe,” said Rams receiver Robert Woods.

Several members of the Atlanta Police Department were on site for the past two Super Bowls in Houston and Minneapolis to get a better understanding of what to expect for one of the largest sporting events in the world.

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