With tens of thousands of visitors flooding to Houston for Super Bowl LI and protests already surfacing across the city, local and federal law enforcement officers said Tuesday they will remain on high alert to ensure the week-long events go off safely, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Officials briefed the media Tuesday on the security efforts leading up to the championship football game, including plans to enact a no-fly zone over NRG Stadium, to encircle the building with concrete blockades and to carefully monitor their surroundings.

More than 40 local and federal agencies are involved, and the National Football League has hired 4,000 private security personnel to assist those efforts, officials said.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the city has taken a slew of precautions to keep residents safe and warned that “johns” will be arrested as part of crackdown on human trafficking.

Despite the high-security presence, local law enforcement has encountered mostly petty thefts and counterfeiting, though police have rescued three women trafficking victims, he said.

With planned protests mounting in the coming days, Acevedo sent a message to outside protesters who may try to move into the city.

“We have a really long history of having really responsible activists in our community that have a long-standing relationship with the Houston Police Department,” he said. “To those who might want to come in from outside to cause problems in Houston, know this: You’ll be greatly outnumbered by activists that care about their message and don’t want their protests … to be hijacked by anyone coming to cause problems.”

Though the Super Bowl requires a massive security presence, neither Houston PD nor the Harris County Sheriff’s Office expects any reduction in services to the rest of the region.


Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people receive stories like this in their email twice a week?

Subscribe to award winning OnTarget newsletter!

Your Account

Create or login to your account to enjoy discounts and rewards.


Share This
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop
      Calculate Shipping
      Apply Coupon
      Available Coupons
      admin20 Get $20.00 off $20 off your cart total.
      adminpromo Get 100% off Free item offered by the administrator
      Unavailable Coupons
      adminsubscriptionretiredfirstpayment Get $120.00 off First payment of retired subscription when paid and added manually.
      cabinfree2days Get $90.00 off Get 2 free nights at the cabin.
      cabinfreeweek Get $315.00 off A free week (7 days) at the associated cabin in one contiguous stay at the time of your choice.
      freebassentry Get 100% off
      golfsponsor Get 100% off Free admission to the tournament with a golf sponsorship.
      jh$25 Get $25.00 off Jonathon Hall reimbursement for shirt he purchased that was too small.
      ldf1month Get $13.00 off Prorate an LDF membership for 1 month discount
      ntcvendorcomp Get 100% off This coupon entitles the user to a free vendor table at the NTC conference.
      retired10 Get $10.00 off
      retired60 Get $60.00 off This discounts your current year renewal $60 since you already pre-paid $60 towards your renewal for this year.
      spmtc Get 20% off Special 20% Off all Motor T's for a limited time!