Super Bowl security plan informed by Paris attacks: U.S. official

Wed Feb 3, 2016 6:09pm EST
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By Curtis Skinner

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement officials preparing for Super Bowl 50 have worked with their French counterparts to learn from last year's deadly attacks in Paris, as they plan safety for Sunday's big game, the Secretary of Homeland Security said on Wednesday.

Secretary Jeh Johnson said he and his team have been "constantly" in contact with security officials in Paris following the Nov. 13 attacks there by gunmen linked to the Islamic State militant group.

"The threat picture is different every February," Johnson told a news conference after he toured Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the NFL championship game will be played.

"We are always informed by recent events and what we see in the world situation," he said.

Johnson and other officials who addressed reporters were tight-lipped on how the details of Super Bowl security plans might differ from previous years in response to the attacks in the French capital, and to a shooting rampage in December in San Bernardino, Southern California.

All the federal and local law enforcement officials who spoke stressed that there were no specific or credible threat at to the game, or to Super Bowl related-events in the region.

But they all also urged the public to stay vigilant, repeating the oft-heard motto "if you see something, say something."

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's department is policing events in so-called Super Bowl City in downtown San Francisco, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Santa Clara. Suhr told the news conference his officers have made some arrests, but that they were all for people "having too much fun."   Continued...

NFL Chief Security Officer Jeffrey Miller speaks during a media briefing on security arrangements for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, California February 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Stephen Lam