Super Bowl security will be massive, N.J. law enforcement officials say

Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:45pm EST
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By Victoria Cavaliere

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Law enforcement officials said on Wednesday they have looked at every possible contingency to prepare for the threat of crime, severe weather or attack during the Super Bowl in New Jersey, one of the largest and most-watched sporting events in the world.

More than 80,000 fans are expected to attend the February 2 football extravaganza at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, deemed to be the first mass transit Super Bowl because the stadium across the Hudson River from Manhattan is accessible by train and bus.

Another 400,000 people will be traveling to the region for surrounding events.

"We are approaching this basically from an air, land and sea concept," said Lt. Colonel Edward Cetnar of the New Jersey State Police at a security briefing held at the stadium. "Every counter-measure that we have is going to be put into place for the game."

More than 100 local, state and federal law agencies are working with the National Football League's private security team to prepare for the championship game and the events leading up to it.

Some 4,000 security officers, including 3,000 private security personnel hired by the NFL, will be working on game day, said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

Over the past several months the security team has "been over every possible contingency ... all likely situations - both where crime might be afoot or whether it went off the rails," he said.

Sniffer dogs, metal detectors, bomb units and a mobile hospital, complete with a surgery ward, will be part of the security apparatus, law enforcement said.   Continued...

A man stands at a window lit by the NFL logo as he watches performances during the 2012 NFL kickoff show in New York September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson