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Secretary Jeh Johnson visited MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. yesterday to tour security operations for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Secretary Johnson met with federal, state and local law enforcement officials, including Federal Coordinator Andrew McLees of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, Deputy Federal Coordinator James Mottola of the U.S. Secret Service and Alternate Deputy Federal Coordinator Frank Westfall of the National Protection and Programs Directorate. The Secretary was briefed on security operations at and around the stadium, including the assets deployed by DHS to support the security efforts of the National Football League (NFL) and state and local law enforcement.
DHS has worked closely with our federal, state and local partners over the past year in the planning and preparation for the security of Super Bowl XLVIII. DHS is providing support from across the entire Department, including the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard and ICE.
DHS is also continuing our partnership with the NFL through the “If You See Something, Say Something™” public awareness campaign, first launched at Super Bowl XLV, to help keep fans, employees and players safe.
Secretary Johnson also traveled to New York City, where he joined officials from the NFL, New Jersey State Police, New York City Police Department and other law enforcement partners in a media availability to discuss efforts to ensure the security of this weekend’s events.
Securing the Super Bowl is a shared responsibility and we are proud to support the work of our federal, state and local partners. You can read more about how we are supporting security efforts for the Super Bowl here.