NEW YORK (CBS4)– There are 100 law enforcement agencies that have come together for what the federal government considers to be a Level 1 Security event.
There is a visible presence around New York City with police and security.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to arrive in the Big Apple not just to watch the big game in New Jersey but also in Times Square which has been transformed into Super Bowl Boulevard.
Mobile command units are parked on almost every block and with NYPD’s eyes in the sky a security camera can be pointed in any direction without much notice.
While there is focus on events happening in New York and surrounding areas, global terrorism acts are being carefully monitored by the federal agencies that are assisting with the large-scale security task.
“Of particular concern to us is what was going on overseas in Volgograd, Russia related to the Sochi Olympics. You know both of those bombings targeted mass transit so we relied a great deal on DHS and the FBI who are our gateway to the federal intelligence community to keep an eye and brief us on those events,” said New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes.
Law enforcement officials said there are no known threats directed at the city or the Super Bowl.
One challenge is that Times Square is open to the public. There is no security screening and anyone can come and go as they please.
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