As the clock ticks down to February 2 and Super Bowl XLVIII, law enforcement officials in New Jersey and New York have been busy preparing for the event. With up to a half million people expected to ere are some of the venture to the area for the event, here are some of the security measures that have been taken.
* The Associated Press reported that 4,000 officers from local police departments and private security firms will be conducting airport-style screening at the stadium. 700 state patrol officers will be in the area, and the NFL will be providing about 3,000 private security officers. At least a hundred government agencies will be involved in providing Super Bowl security, the report stated.
* The FBI 's tactical teams have been preparing for the past year for scenarios including an active shooter, bomb threats, and chemical, radiological and nuclear threats, CBS News reported. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Super Bowl has been considered a level one national security event.
* New Jersey and New York residents were warned recently that they would likely be seeing a low-flying helicopter in the area over the next several days. The helicopter, The Jersey Journal reported, is from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and it will be measuring the level of background radiation before the Super Bowl. If there were to be a radiological attack, the report explained, it would be important to know what the original background radiation level was.
* According to USA Today, officials are expecting an uptick in human trafficking. Officials plan to be running undercover operations and monitoring classified ads in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, as well as during the game itself. A human trafficking awareness event is scheduled for this week to inform the public of the situation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is working alongside local, state, and federal authorities to help identify children who may be at risk of being sold for sex during the event.
* Long Island Newsday reported that it wasn't only the Super Bowl game itself that presents security issues. There are more than 26 events scheduled for New York City during the weekend of the big game. In response, there will be heavily-armed NYPD Hercules Teams, additional critical response vehicles, bomb-detecting canine teams and special radiation detectors.
* The NYPD has also been running a series of "what-if" exercises, the article noted, so that officers could prepare for all types of criminal activity and security situations at the New York City Super Bowl events.