The LAPD and other law enforcement agencies have increased patrols around the city of Los Angeles in preparation for Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals on February 13.
Officers are expected to be concentrated mainly around SoFi Stadium in Inglewood but will increase their presence in other areas around the city as well, including around L.A. Live and the L.A. Convention Center areas.
In addition to increased LAPD and Inglewood Police Department patrols, reinforcements from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), as well as from federal partners like the FBI, the Secret Service and Department of Defense, will also be present to make sure the city stays safe during the week of Super Bowl LVI.
There was a scare a few weeks ago after thousands of LAPD officers called in sick due to COVID, but the majority of officers have rebounded and are back in action. The LAPD now says they are in full force and ready for the big game.
The sheriff’s department has also provided around 400 additional personnel to help maintain safety and fill the ranks.
Public safety remains a priority after a 49ers fan was left in a coma following an altercation after the recent NFC Championship game, and fears of possible shootings or terror attacks loom.
In addition to increased officers on the ground, law enforcement will employ a helicopter from the Department of Energy Nuclear Security Administration, which will be hovering over the city with radiation sensing technology to monitor public health and possible dangers.
Customs and Border Protection agents also plan to utilize a scanning device that can detect weapons, explosives and other contraband on people and even in vehicles.
According to LAPD Chief Michel Moore, law enforcement agencies have prepared for this event for the past two years.
LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva also tweeted his support for the Rams while encouraging people to sign up for traffic updates and emergency alerts via text message by texting “INGSB” to 888-777.
Despite the increased security presence and possibly longer wait times and traffic, fans remain excited.
“The whole city is excited,” Inglewood resident Tyson Baker said. “I mean, the Super Bowl is big all over the world. So for that to come to your city, you should be proud, and you should be patient … and you should be prepared to wait a little bit.”