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Covert sniper teams part of security for Super Bowl XLVIII

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In addition to the tens of thousands of police officers and federal agents deployed in New York and northern New Jersey, special operations teams and snipers will be deployed for Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII in the Meadowlands, according to the local news media.

The security will be two-fold, according to former police counterterrorism unit commander, Steve Knudsen. "There will be anti-terrorism operations which are clearly visible. And then you'll have counterterrorism which is usually classified and covert, such as intelligence gathering, undercover detectives and scout-sniper teams that include the 'spotters' and the 'shooters,'" said Det. Knudsen.

Former FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam explained to WWOR TV news how snipers coordinate their tactics with those of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams protect everyone from the players on the football field to the workers and fans at the concession stands.

“If you have an active shooter or you have anyone who may have a bomb. Snipers have a better angle then anyone who is on the ground to actually hit that target. It’s an entire team that communicates. You have individuals who are at high altitudes inside the arena and then you have individuals that are on the ground moving in and around the crowd,” he told WWOR news.

Meanwhile, according to the NYPD Facebook page, New York City will provide extra police presence as part of security measures leading up to the Super Bowl. More than two-dozen Super Bowl special events will take place in New York, where the NYPD will again work to keep fans and athletes safe, according to the new police commissioner, William Bratton.

The NYPD will utilize its teams of officers in stopping, boarding and inspecting subway trains; and subway container inspection and explosive trace detection, in which officers examine bags and other containers carried by passengers entering the subway system to detect explosives.

Squads of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers with heavy weapons, canines, and side officers from the Intelligence Division or the Counterterrorism Bureau conduct directed patrol at City landmarks, critical infrastructure, and transportation hubs (transit stations/ferry terminals).

Additionally, vehicle checkpoints and radiological chokepoints are conducted at targeted roadways, bridges, and tunnels around the City. Joint deployments are conducted with regional law enforcement agencies doing Multi-Agency Surges (MAS) in transit facilities and Rolling Vigilance checkpoints for truck inspections and radiological detection on highways and at bridges and tunnels, according to the NYPD public information section.



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