Ensuring the safety of fans and players at this year’s Super Bowl in Miami entails an extraordinary deployment of law enforcement assets, even by recent standards, in keeping with heightened global tensions and fears of home-grown violence. The show of force stands in stark contrast from the relatively easy-going atmosphere that prevailed in the late 1960’s, when Miami hosted its first Super Bowls.
With the National Football League’s showcase game returning to South Florida for the first time in a decade, thousands of police from local, state and federal agencies will coordinate their efforts to protect Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Super Bowl LIV is a so-called SEAR 1 event, affording it the highest level of federal resources, including explosive detection canine teams, cyber risk assessments and air security.
Coordinated by the U.S. Secret Service, the security force includes operations by the U.S. Coast Guard, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security.