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Securing the Super Bowl is a super-sized task for law enforcement

DALLAS (NBC) - With one of the biggest annual sporting events in the country coming to Texas, security is obviously a priority and police and private security are fanning out across Dallas for Super Bowl week.

"We have planned extensively, and we are prepared," said Theron Bowman, arlington, TX police chief. "This is a safe event so far, and it's going to be safe and, at the end of the day, we believe that it will be the safest and the best Super Bowl yet."

The Super Bowl is considered a level-one national security event, which allows for additional federal assistance.

It includes extra security this week on commercial airplanes flying to and from North Texas.

"There will be some increase in coverage by air marshals and some other undercover increase that people won't see and, in addition, on the day of the game itself, air space will be cleared," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Napolitano toured Cowboys Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The NFL will provide 3,000 private security officers on Super Bowl Sunday. Police are asking everyone in North Texas to report anything suspicious.

"We are constantly monitoring the environment around the stadium and all over North Texas for any potential threat or any perceived threats," Bowman said. "We are prepared."

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