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Major Carrick welcomes the 50 troopers who traveled to Jacksonville to assist Troop G.
Major Grady Carrick welcomes the 50 troopers
who traveled to Jacksonville to assist Troop G.

Law enforcement and public safety officials from over 54 different agencies had been planning for Super Bowl XXXIX for the past two years under the guidance of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Thanks to everyone, this year's Super Bowl, held for the first time in Jacksonville, was not only an exciting football extravaganza, but a huge safety success as well! In preparation for the big day, law enforcement personnel worked many long hours and held numerous meetings, along with mock and tabletop exercises to help ensure a safe and secure Super Bowl event.

Captain Gaston goes over radio procedures for the Super Bowl detail.
Captain Keith Gaston goes over radio procedures
for the Super Bowl detail.

Over 100,000 fans of both the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots descended upon the city of Jacksonville for the festivities. Fortunately, traffic-related incidences were minimal, which allowed residents and visitors to get around town more easily. In fact, the Florida Times-Union gave the pre-game traffic plan an A for allowing motorists attending the game to get to the stadium with minimal delays.

Sergeant Tompkins assists in the Super Bowl Operations Center.
Sergeant Ron Tompkins assists
in the Super Bowl Operations Center.

The Florida Highway Patrol sent an additional 50 troopers to the area to assist with any traffic-related problems. FHP was also charged with escorting both teams during the week, as well as the NFL team owners and other dignitaries in attendance. In addition, FHP was responsible for keeping the interstate system flowing smoothly and assisting the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office with traffic posts downtown. Thanks, in part, to our troopers, the Super Bowl XXXIX detail went very well!

 

 
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