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Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS- Security plans for Super Bowl 47 and Mardi Gras weekends have been in the works for more than a year in New Orleans.

More than 1,200 NOPD officers will be working 12-hour shifts starting the Wednesday night before Super Bowl Sunday.

'Basically, you're going to see 400 plus police officers every hour of the day in the downtown core, in the French Quarter, on Frenchman Street,' said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

The city's Top Cop promises neighborhoods outside the city center will not be neglected during the big game events.

'We made sure that every neighborhood was covered throughout the city of New Orleans before we started altering strategies for our detectives and headquarters, our personnel outside the districts to come down and work in this event.'

Serpas says 370 police officers and sheriff's deputies from outside the city will be part of the Super Bowl detail.

'We're very, very, grateful, Jefferson Parish, Lafourche, Slidell, Covington, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Harahan just to name a few, Westwego. They're all sending officers down to help us.'

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says he'll have up to 90 deputies in New Orleans Super Bowl week.

'We will actually be along the Decatur, South Peters corridor, as well as in the French Quarter proper, in and around the dome, in the operation centers that we have set up throughout the region,' said Normand.

More than 200 Louisiana State Troopers will also be in town.

'We're bringing 20 percent of the entire compliment of commissioned state police from around the state and that's a real commitment I think from the State of Louisiana to support the city because it's important for all of us,' said LSP spokesman Ronnie Jones. 'We're glad to be a part of it.'

Cops from across the state line will also help secure the city.

'We're going to be using the Mississippi Highway Patrol motorcycle units to move the VIPs, owners, some of the talent around, the teams because traffic is going to be a challenge on game day and we just want to make sure we get people to where they're supposed to be,' said Jones.

'I know I've been attending meetings for the last six months that we're prepared and we think we have the contingencies in place to address what ever challenge presents itself,' said Sheriff Normand.

'It will be seamless partnership between us and the agencies and we're very grateful that their chiefs and sheriffs were able to put forth the people to help us,' said Serpas.

There will also be federal agents from the FBI, ATF, DEA and Homeland Security on duty during the Super Bowl.

Like winning the big game itself, keeping the peace during the Super Bowl will be a team effort.

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