Law enforcement to monitor Super Bowl events from command center

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PHOENIX -- With hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit the Valley for the Super Bowl, law enforcement agencies are teaming up to keep everyone safe.

3TV took a tour Friday of the Super Bowl Command Center, a multi-agency operation that has been years in the making.

From an undisclosed location in Phoenix, law enforcement personnel will be able to monitor several areas across the Valley that are expected to draw huge crowds. Those areas include Sky Harbor Airport, University of Phoenix Stadium, downtown Phoenix and the Westgate Entertainment District.

The command center will be staffed around the clock with about 200 people from local, regional and federal law enforcement agencies.

"For an event like this, we have relationships that allow us to touch their networks and bring their feeds," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Anthony Jones. "In a time like this, the more we see, the better. We can be proactively monitoring, looking for things happening, and it gives the decision-makers, the managers, a chance to see what's going on as opposed to just hearing what's going on through radio chatter."

Not only will they be able to monitor events in real-time, but the footage will be recorded so that they can review it if there are any incidents.