U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a seal of approval to Super Bowl safety measures on Monday after a stadium tour and a detailed look at preparations for Sunday's game, said an AP report. "I didn't have any (advice) to give," Napolitano said. "They looked well prepared for the game. It all looked fine to me."
With technological upgrades and tweaks for specific cities, the Super Bowl security plan is basically the same as it has been since terrorist attacks in 2001 - unifying federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies, said the report.
Milt Ahlerich, the National Football League's vice president of security, promised a safe Super Bowl on Sunday between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. "There won't be any problems," Ahlerich said. "This security plan is very robust and very well coordinated. We have a lot of confidence in how it is organized and how well it will be executed."
Napolitano said about 250 homeland security employees work full time on the Super Bowl security with another 200 having a part-time impact on game security in such areas as screening cargo at nearby ports, patrol of waterways and communications. Bomb-sniffing dogs are trained to find particulate traces of more than 19,000 explosive elements and veteran security personnel are prepared to deal with possible explosive devices, the report said.
The NFL will spend $6 million dollars and employ more than 2,100 security people as well as finance such equipment as metal directors, the report said.