NFL & law enforcement discuss Super Bowl security

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WEAU) -- More than 60 law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota are activated and participating in Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, the NFL and law enforcement talked about security for the big game.

Planning for Super Bowl security in Minneapolis started about two years ago.

During the last 18 months, the Department of Homeland Security has conducted 200 security assessments and hosted 52 trainings in the area.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said due to the size and scope of the Super Bowl, it can be an attractive target for threats.

At thie time, there are no credible or specific threats against the Super Bowl.

Security officials stressed fans play an active role in safety. If you see something, say something.

DHS will be working to assist local law enforcement with vehicle screening technology, explosives detection, and teams dedicated to fighting human trafficking and counterfeit merchandise.

"Last year alone, these efforts resulted in the seizure of over 260,000 counterfeit sports related items worth an estimated $20 million. So this is also a real threat we face on days such as the Super Bowl," said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Security officials said safety is the first priority on Sunday.

Ticket holders are advised to arrive as early as possible on Sunday once gates open at 1 p.m. and to dress warmly.

People can actually park for free at the Mall of America, go through security there, and then take public transit to the stadium.



 
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