Behind the scenes of Atlanta’s Super Bowl safety joint operations middle

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Behind the scenes of Atlanta’s Super Bowl safety joint operations middle

It’s a comparatively quiet afternoon on the joint operations middle situated inside Atlanta’s police headquarters. But, quiet is nice.

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“No credible threats,” mentioned deputy chief Scott Kreher of Atlanta’s police division. “We have a very extensive intelligence group that’s manned by our federal, state and local partners also, and they’re constantly giving us updates on what we need to know.”

Kreher mentioned round 70 totally different organizations — each personal and public — are aiding within the safety of the large sport, together with round 3,000-4,000 regulation enforcement professionals. Staff from varied companies sit side-by-side in lengthy rows of workplace tables on the command middle, surrounded by giant screens across the room broadcasting details about the town.

Behind the scenes of Atlanta's Super Bowl security joint operations centerJanet Weinstein/ABC News
Atlanta police division’s deputy chief, Scott Kreher, is the world commander in command of the middle.

“We have several thousand people coming in [to Atlanta] every day to enjoy not just the NFL events, but you know, the city is open also,” he mentioned. “So we want to make sure everyone is safe when they come down and that takes a lot of communication and a lot of planning.”

Kreher mentioned his company began actually digging into its present public security plan a few yr in the past. Now, the middle is open 24/7 with workers working in 12-hour shifts, with solely someday off over a 10-day interval. In a connecting room to the command middle, there are burners maintaining communal meals heat.

But regardless of the robust hours, Kreher mentioned he’s wanting ahead to the primary occasion.

“It’s an exciting time for our city,” he mentioned. “I really want everyone to come and enjoy and have a good time.”

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