Photo/Story Gallery 2005
FHP Helps Ensure Super Bowl Safety
Pictured right, Major Grady Carrick welcomes the 50 troopers who traveled to Jacksonville to assist Troop G.
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.
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.
Pictured left, Captain Keith Gaston goes over radio procedures for the Super Bowl detail and right, 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!