Fox 13 News
Friday, January 23, 2009
It looked like a small army has assembled near the Bucs headquarters Thursday, as law enforcement displayed some of the firepower it will have in place for Super Bowl XLIII.
22 local, state, and federal agencies brought in boats, cars, trucks, armored vehicles, and even a helicopter. Conveniently, the dog and pony show also included both dogs and a pony.
FBI agents showed off a mobile command post, which would become a nerve center in the event of an emergency. The rolling office, complete with antenna tower and Internet access, also contains communications equipment that allows the 22 agencies to radio one another.
A handful of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents brandished heavy weaponry that dangled from their SWAT uniforms. “It’s real,” said one officer.
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Tampa Police featured a Vietnam-era personnel carrier that looks like a tank. It will be deployed near the stadium just in case there is an attempt to disrupt Super Bowl festivities.
“There’s nothing on the street that would penetrate it or cause damage to it,” said Detective Curtis Smith. “So we’re pretty confident it will withstand any confrontation we may encounter.”
On a lighter note, Smith said the tank-looking vehicle was thrilling to drive, especially considering the looks he receives from civilian drivers while traveling on local roads.
“It’s a unique vehicle,” Smith said with a grin.
Law enforcement will host another display of force Friday, demonstrating how bomb dogs will sweep the Super Bowl for explosives.
This article was posted: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 9:01 am