DCS Annual Report 2019 - Page 18

Event Special Operations Security Detail for Super Bowl LIII — We are so proud all of the DCS family that assisted with the Superbowl LIII Security Detail, especially James Bergman, Kent Young, Pam Thrift, and Jerminique Hunt for laying the groundwork and implementing the operation. “The word of the week was flexibility,” said Young when asked to describe his experience managing the superbowl operation. “We started planning this in May of 2018, and after an all call for volunteers we ended up having a total of 327 people working over the ten period.” This special operation was possible through collaboration with GEMA/ Homeland Security, Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, DOC, DCS, and GDC. P-18 Throughout the week of the Superbowl, District two and District eight IRT teams provided security for the NFL Commissioner's Press Conference and the Public Safety Press Conference. The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and many other state agency heads, VIP’s and Dignitaries were in attendance. Other ways DCS assisted with SBLII included helping lost children, keeping an eye out for suspicious or abandoned packages, crowd control with upset patrons, and an assault on Freddie Falcon. DCS was the largest agency in attendance at the Superbowl. “GWCC Police again sang praises of the caliber officers we employ,” said Young.