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Managing security at the Super Bowl requires an army

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NEW ORLEANS, La., (KNOE 8 News) - It will take an army of local law enforcement officers, working with their state and federal partners to keep the peace during the upcoming Super Bowl and Mardi Gras festivities.

Security plans for the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras weekends have been in the works for more than a year in New Orleans. More than 1200 city police officers are working 12 hour shifts leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.

According to the New Orleans Police Superintendent, "Basically, you're going to see 400 plus police officers every hour of the day in the downtown core, in the French Quarter, on Frenchman Street. He added that some 370 police officers and sheriff's deputies from outside the city will be part of the super bowl detail as well."

More than 200 louisiana state troopers will also be in town. According to LSP Lt. Ronnie Jones, "We're bringing 20% of the entire compliment of commissioned state police from around the state and that's a real commitment I think from the state of Louisiana to support the city because it's important for all of us. We're glad to be a part of it. Cops from across the state line will also help secure the we're going to be using the mississippi highway patrol motorcycle units to move the vips, owners, some of the talent around, the teams because traffic is going to be a challenge on gameday."

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