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In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed, the Lombardi Trophy sits behind two helmets before a joint coaches news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Unprecedented security: Even Super Bowl officials took ‘active shooter preparedness’ training

- The Washington Times

Unprecedented security measures for the Super Bowl have earned much attention from the press this week, augmented by plenty of outreach from the Department of Homeland Security about strategic safety measures that will be in place in Phoenix on Sunday. They are prepared. So are the organizers. The federal agency says itd National Protection and Programs Directorate “conducted an active shooter preparedness workshop, training 150 participants, including members of the Super Bowl Planning Committee.”

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- Associated Press

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