CBP Assists Super Bowl XLIV Security Operation
From the skies, to the ocean and on the ground, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine interdiction agents provided world class security to a world class event, the Super Bowl XLIV.
While the world watched every play of the Saints against the Colts, CBP Office of Air and Marine Air Interdiction agents on board of UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and P-42 Customs High Endurance Trackers in tandem with F-16 fighters from the Air Force and H-65 Dolphins from the U.S. Coast Guard monitored the temporary flight restriction 30 miles around Sun Life Stadium.
CBP OAM Blackhawks; along with U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin helicopters; secured the "low and slow" aircraft (below 5,000 feet) while the DoD F-16 fighter monitored the "high and fast" (above 5,000 feet). The Air and Marine Operations Center in Riverside, Calif. monitored the skies for suspected aircraft and coordinated with DoD in response to airspace violators. The operation started four hours prior to the game, continued five hours during the game and 30 minutes after, for close to 10 hours of airspace security.
CBP OAM also assisted by providing air support for tactical air/ground operations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents and the Miami-Dade Police Special Response Teams. OAM provided fast rope deployment capability. This operation is critical for any emergency situation inside or outside of the stadium.
Also in partnership with federal/state and local agencies, CBP assisted and provided support on the security screening of delivery vehicles entering the Sun Life Stadium. The Miami Field Office deployed an Advanced Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team to conduct non-intrusive inspections utilizing one mobile X-ray van. This operation is critical in detecting explosives, suspicious and prohibited materials on the never ending string of cars, trucks and delivery vehicles entering the stadium the last days and few hours before kick-off time.
CBP OAM marine 39-foot interceptors (Midnight Express) in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard were maintained in high alert along the South Florida coast for any suspicious or unusual activity. Also, CBP Border Patrol agents of the Dania Beach Station conducted patrol mission and inspections on the marinas along the coast and participated in the gathering and analysis of intelligence at the Joint Operation Center along with CBP Air and Marine agents and CBP Field Operations officers.
Once again the constant partnership between CBP and other federal/state and local agencies combined with the professionalism and dedication of Air and Marine interdiction agents, CBP Field Operations officers, Border Patrol agents and support personnel were instrumental for the overall success Super Bowl XLIV.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.