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Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Stepped-up security measures are hard to miss as you travel through downtown New Orleans into the French Quarter.

There are uniformed officers on just about every corner.

'We started our full Super Bowl deployment at 7 p.m. (Wednesday) morning,' said New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

A not so small army of federal and state agents are also on duty in and around the Super Bowl events across the city.

Wednesday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reviewed the security plan for the big game.

'We've been working very closely with New Orleans, with the state of Louisiana, with many other state and local partners to make sure that the run-up to the game is safe and secure and that the game itself is safe and secure,' said Napolitano.

The feds are protecting points of entry from the airport to the river.

Agents have also been checking for counterfeit items and dangerous cargo.

'Customs and Border Protection has been on the ground, they've been actually scanning all of the cargo coming into this area since Monday morning,' said Napolitano.

The NOPD, neighboring police departments and sheriff's offices and the state police are expected to maintain a visual presence between now and the big game.

'We will have 24-hour coverage on the walking beats on the downtown development areas, in the French Quarter area and Frenchman Street,' said Serpas. 'Whereever you go, you're going to see uniformed police officers 24 hours a day.'

'I'm going to have 238 troopers involved in here at the media center, the NFL Experience, the team hotel with Baltimore, throughout out the French Quarter and Central Business District,' said Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson. 'We've done exercises. We've done events. We're ready for this.'

Twenty-five deputies and about a half-dozen mounted patrolmen from the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office are also working the Super Bowl detail.

'We remain committed to helping our partners in law enforcement whenever we are called upon,' said St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain.

The federal on-scene coordinator for Homeland Security declared New Orleans the safest city on the planet this week. Local law enforcers agree.

'Bottom line, I'm very confident,' said Serpas. 'I feel really good about the police officers. They're out there. They're working hard.'

'This is my fifth Super Bowl to be involved in as a state trooper,' said Edmonson. 'New Orleans does it right.'

The NFL is also doing its part.

The league's Chief Security Officer Jeff Miller says 4000 private security guards and crowd management personnel have been hired to work the big game.

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