Super Bowl LIII will bring hundreds of thousands of people to Atlanta in the week leading up to the big game. That means extra security is being put in place.
The Department of Homeland Security classifies the Super Bowl as a SEAR (Special Event Assessment Rating) 1 event, which means it’s a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity.
So, it won’t just be the Atlanta Police Department protecting residents and visitors.
Atlanta police will be assisted by 40 other agencies — local, state and federal — to get the job done.
“Our goal is for our officers to be visible… for the public to feel safe, be safe… and be able to position ourselves so that we can react immediately to whatever scenario we are confronted with,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “There has been an enormous amount of time, dedication and hard work that has gone into this planning, and what I will say is, we are at the point that we are so ready for the event.”
Representatives from all of those groups will be in a joint operations center near Mercedes-Benz Stadium so communication between agencies will be immediate.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue officials say they have expanded their EMS footprint, including paramedic bike teams that can more easily access heavily crowded areas.