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Authorities Unveil Super Bowl Security Plan

12/16/2011


Public Safety Director Frank Straub and other law enforcement officials discuss Super Bowl safety plans (WIBC.com photo: Mike Corbin)

Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub says it'll be all hands on deck for the Super Bowl 2012 here in Indy February 5th.

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Straub says all of the more than three-thousand police, fire and EMS personnel will be on duty during the four days leading up to the big event. He adds that overtime and equipment costs will likely reach $7 million. Straub says CIB money and federal grant dollars will pay for the bulk.

He also says they're prepping a New Regional Operations Center, a joint command facility at Eastgate. Straub says the entire operation will be in full operation by January 16th.

Meantime, Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons says the Super Bowl will be Indiana's first-ever, fully hand-held security event. Coons says most, if not all public safety personnel will be equipped with iphones, ipads, droids. He says during this past year's Indy 500, the devices were mainly experimental, but Coons now says their system is fully integrated and ready to go.

Straub and Coons attended Public Safety Media Day at the Indiana Convention Center Friday. FBI Special Agent In Charge Robert Holley says his agency is also providing personnel and expertise in securing the event. The FBI, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Department of Customs will provide comprehensive air security in the form of helicopters and the Indiana Air National Guard will also provide support.

Straub says the city will reveal more about the New Regional Operations Center come mid-January.

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