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Glendale Police gain insight into Super Bowl security

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The Super Bowl is a huge security challenge and one Arizona authorities will meet next year. It may not be as crowded as New York and New Jersey but there will still be a lot of people.

Members of the Glendale Police Department, including the Police Chief herself, traveled to New York City to see how officials there are managing security.

"We are looking at everything they do this morning.  We're walking around with our counter-terrorism people talking about how they are using their dogs, their SWAT Teams, and how they are doing screening on commercial vehicles," said Commander Matt Lively.

"This has been a great trip, a lot of opportunities to learn from what they are doing here and apply it to a year from today," said Chief Debbie Black.

One thing that's happening out here this is group is getting valuable insight into the different challenges in putting on a Super Bowl in Arizona versus New York City.

"They have a lot of challenges we don't, they have maritime issues, they have more of the mass transit rail, subway, those type of things. We are learning from all of that while we don't have rail going to the stadium like they do here, but we will have a huge amount of buses coming in," said Commander Lively.

"The great thing about this is you see all of the fans here at the Super Bowl Boulevard. They aren't paying attention to security because the team behind all of this to keep everyone safe is hard at work. It's just that's what we are trying to create in Arizona as well," said Chief Black.

Members of the Glendale Fire Department were also in New York on Saturday talking to their colleagues at the FDNY about what to expect.

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