Yesterday, while football fans tuned in to see the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers take the field, dozens of components with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – both seen and unseen – proudly worked to make sure that Super Bowl 50 was a safe and enjoyable experience for players, employees, and fans alike.
From the stadium and well beyond, DHS components – including TSA, CBP, ICE, Coast Guard, the Secret Service, FEMA, our Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and our National Protection and Programs Directorate –contributed to the security of more than 15 million fans and visitors.
Earlier this week, Secretary Johnson visited the San Francisco area where he met with local law enforcement officials and the National Football League (NFL) security team to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security operations.
Securing the Super Bowl is a shared responsibility, and all of DHS worked together to do our part.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, Passenger Screening Canine teams, Behavior Detection and Analysis Officers, and other specialists secured area airports and mass transit locations.
The U.S. Secret Service supported open-source social media monitoring for situational awareness and assisted with cyber security vulnerability assessments and mitigation. The Secret Service also conducted magnetometer training for security personnel.
The U.S. Coast Guard provided maritime security and interagency support ahead of and during the Super Bowl through increased patrols, ferry security and cruise ship security operations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) helped ensure the legitimacy of game-related merchandise by targeting counterfeit vendors and local merchants of game-related sportswear.
CBP’s Air and Marine Operations helped secure the skies surrounding Levi’s stadium, deploying three Black Hawk helicopters, three Cessna C-550 Citations and two AS350 Astar helicopters oversee the areas restricted airspace. CBP also screened cargo entering the stadium contraband such as narcotics, weapons, and explosives.
The DHS Blue Campaign is the unified voice for efforts to combat human trafficking. Throughout the bay area – including airports, transit hubs, buses, and hotels – the Campaign displayed awareness materials to help individuals and communities identify and recognize indicators of human trafficking.
- DHS Teams Up for Super Bowl Security (2/6/2016 - Video)
- Secretary Johnson Highlights Super Bowl 50 Security Operations (2/3/2016 - Press Release)