On Sunday, February 2, the Newark NJ Police Department will have an active presence near MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, the site of this year’s Super Bowl.
The Newark Police SWAT team recently conducted drills to address a series of potential crises at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, where the Super Bowl media day was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 28.
Newark police expected a large crowd at the media day. This led approximately 30 members of the Newark SWAT team to conduct “what if” drills in order to be prepared for whatever the day could bring.
During media day, the SWAT team coordinated with officers from New Jersey State Police, as well as units from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to ensure the safety of everyone at the event.
In addition to conducting these drills, Newark SWAT members practiced a number of “high-risk entries,” in which they forcefully entered a premises, secured the area, and handcuffed all of those inside. The commander of the SWAT team, Sergeant Francesco Rossi, explained that the force regularly serves this function for a variety of other agencies, including the FBI, the DEA, the Newark Police Department, Essex County task forces, and other agencies within the state.
The Newark SWAT team will be offering assistance through Super Bowl week. They will reportedly be positioned in the vicinity of MetLife Stadium on the day of the event, just in case criminal activity warrants their attention.
For more information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Super Bowl SWAT: Newark’s Team is Ready for Anything.”
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