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Joint agencies kickoff maritime security operations on lower Mississippi for Super Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
home of Super Bowl XLVII

In support of Super Bowl XLVII, a team of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began maritime safety and security operations on the lower Mississippi River on Jan. 28

Response boats, patrol vehicles and enforcement personnel from more than 16 law enforcement agencies will conduct maritime security operations in the downtown New Orleans area and at the Port of New Orleans.

All agencies will work together within a unified command, led by the Port of New Orleans Harbor Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide a coordinated safe and secure environment for Super Bowl participants and the general public. This level of interagency coordination for the Super Bowl is the culmination of several months of planning involving all law enforcement agencies.

"The cooperation and commitment to this operation by all agencies has been outstanding," said Cmdr. Russ Bowen, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. "Everyone has brought their best to the table. We will have the best possible safety and security measures in place to facilitate normal use of the waterways alongside a safe and secure Super Bowl experience for all."

The Super Bowl marks the first multi-agency operation to be conducted in the Port of New Orleans Maritime Security Operations Center, one of the five new maritime security interagency operations centers located on the lower Mississippi River.