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Law enforcement agencies collaborate for Super Bowl security

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As fans prepare to head to the city for the Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are also getting ready for their arrival. Dean Meminger has more on the security in place ahead of the big game.

NEW YORK CITY -- Fans and teams are preparing for football, while law enforcement agencies prepare for security.

"The primary goal of the FBI during the Super Bowl is to protect and defend against terrorist threats," said Aaron Ford, FBI Special Agent in Charge.

The FBI says agents across the world will be monitoring threats. Numerous law enforcement agencies in New York and New Jersey are also working with the bureau.

Officials don't believe anything will go wrong, but if it does, they will be ready. The New Jersey State Police is the lead agency for security in and around MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

"Our SWAT team, our divers, our heavy rescue team in coordination with our aviation and our Marine division has done extensive training over the last couples of months on things in scenario based training that we may be, have to confront,'' said Lt. Colonel Edward Cetnar.

That stretches far beyond the stadium. Thousands of fans, as well as players, will be staying in New York and Northern New Jersey with events held in both states during the week leading up to the Super Bowl on February 2.

Although protecting the stadium and all of the fans is a major responsibility, law enforcement officials in New York and New Jersey say they are faced with major challenges every single day when it comes to security.

"Nobody at this table needs to be reminded in the shadow of the World Trade Center how important this event is," added Chief Christopher Trucillo, New Jersey Transit Police.

Officers will have their hands full with events such as Super Bowl Boulevard stretching over 14 blocks of Broadway in midtown. Fans are expected to pour in for events tied to the game, and many streets will be blocked off during the day.

NYPD Chief James Waters said, "We will be working with the different commercial aspects for truck deliveries, we are looking for them to deliver from midnight and 11 a.m."

For those taking mass transit, police say travel light because there will be numerous check points throughout the entire week.

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