No Credible Threat Directed at Super Bowl 50, DHS and FBI Say
More than 15 million fans and visitors in and around the San Francisco area will see the “If You See Something, Say Something” message at airports, on bus and rail systems, billboards, magazines and visitor guides.
SAN FRANCISCO – The FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security stressed Wednesday that there is no specific, credible threat directed at Super Bowl 50.
“[We] look forward to a safe, secure and successful Super Bowl 50,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
FBI agent David Johnson also stressed, “The FBI is unaware of any specific, credible threats.”
Several law enforcement agencies held a news conference to talk about the increased security measures around the Bay Area including the airport and stadium.
Johnson said several agencies from DHS are involved in security at and surrounding the event including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Coast Guard, FEMA, Customs and Border Protection and Secret Service.
Johnson said DHS has provided magnetometer training for employees at the stadium, extra TSA agents at the airports, cycling teams at transportation hubs, helicopter and maritime support, assistance with security at several venues, aerial support at the stadium and other personnel.
The FBI has added evidence response teams, tactical teams, hazardous materials experts, airport liaisons, field intelligence teams, air assets and more, according to Johnson.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said the large uniform presence on the streets of the city will remain.
“Our marine unit is also working with the Coast Guard,” Suhr said.
Suhr said there have been arrests in the San Francisco area, but “the arrests so far are people having too much fun.”
Santa Clara is the location of Levi’s Stadium, where the game will be played. More than 15 million fans and visitors in and around the San Francisco area will see the “If You See Something, Say Something” message at airports, on bus and rail systems, billboards, magazines and visitor guides.
“We are focused on layered security, both seen and unseen,” Johnson said.
One issue the FBI is dealing with is the theft of three handguns and a FBI agent’s badge last week in Northern California. Johnson said officials throughout the area know the name on the badge and will be watching.
“If you see something, say something,” Johnson said. “The public has a role. That contributes to a safe event.”
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