When the Green Bay Packers meet the Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl XLV, fans can be certain that U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will be working to secure the 2011 Super Bowl venues.
CBP officers and agents from as nearby as Dallas to as far away as Mobile, Ala. will descend upon Arlington, Texas to assist in the security efforts.
"CBP has been involved in the public safety planning for the Super Bowl for more than a year and now we are putting that planning into action," said Jeffrey O. Baldwin Sr., CBP director of field operations for the Houston and Dallas area and CBP's lead field coordinator for this event. "Our employees are professionals and experts in their respective fields and the skills we were asked to bring will complement the assets already in place.
CBP officers and import specialists will assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agents with intellectual property rights examinations and seizures as they work to protect consumers from counterfeiters looking to profit from phony NFL gear.
"IPR enforcement is one of CBP's priorities, and we are working with the U.S. Postal Service as well as ICE Homeland Security Investigations to protect consumers and property rights holders from those looking to take advantage of the fans and local communities," Baldwin said.
CBP personnel from the Office of Field Operations and the Office of Border Patrol will be conducting non-intrusive inspections of vehicles entering the stadium area throughout Super Bowl week while Office of Air and Marine pilots and agents secure the skies above Cowboys Stadium.
When requested, CBP provides its specialized expertise to support high-profile events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics.
This article is part of a week-long series highlighting the work done by CBP personnel in support of the safety and security of Super Bowl XLV.
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.