Minneapolis Police Helped Shape Future Super Bowl Security Measures

February 17, 2018 10:17 PM

Minnesota's Moment brought thousands of people to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, including a group of law enforcement officials from cities who will host the big game next.

In the days leading up to the game, 53 law enforcement officials from Atlanta and Miami-Dade visited the Twin Cities. Those cities will host the next two Super Bowls.


Similar to what Minneapolis police officials did in Houston in 2017, top leaders shadowed MPD operations throughout the week to figure what worked and what didn't from a security perspective.

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Officer Michael Kirchen was in the small group of officers that was responsible for the visitors during their stay.

"We want to obviously pass along things that we learned, things that are going to work, things that aren't going to work," Kirchen said.

The group spent time inside MPD's top-secret command post and went to each venue that Super Bowl LII events were happening at, like Nicollet Mall, the convention center and Mall of America.

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Kirchen said they got inside access to security measures and details during the trip.

"Every venue had a security team there of Minneapolis police officials that briefed them," Kirchen said.

During the visit, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said the trip served as a fact-finding mission for her department.

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"What we want to see is what Minneapolis may be doing that we're not doing that would make us better," Shields told Atlanta-ABC affiliate WSB-TV "And also just view what sort of challenges arise that maybe Minneapolis did not anticipate."

Kirchen said as the visiting departments asked questions, it allowed Minneapolis police to build on the safety and security measures that were in place. At the end of the weekend, they were able to pass the torch.

"We certainly learned a lot when our top-ranking people went down to Houston," Kirchen said. "Houston PD passed on a lot of good things to us. We were able to do that for Atlanta and Miami."




Kirsten Swanson

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