INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, along with other local, state and federal public safety agencies, hosted a Public Safety Media Day on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Indiana Convention Center. This event was held to demonstrate the hard work these agencies have put forth to coordinate, plan and prepare for major events.
The following agencies participated: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety and its divisions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Indiana Division of Homeland Security, and the Indiana State Police.
During the event, reporters toured the ICE HSI Mobile Processing Vehicle (MPV). This mobile command post is equipped with four booking stations where ICE HSI agents can interview and process subjects arrested on-site during an enforcement operation. It also has two detention cells that can hold up to 20 people, and features internal and external surveillance cameras, and a "Smart Board" (an interactive electronic touch-screen display). During the event, visiting reporters watched a live video feed from a CBP helicopter circling Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium via the large video monitor inside the MPV.
Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Chicago, gave MPV tours to reporters. He conducted numerous interviews with the Indianapolis media to discuss ICE HSI's role at the upcoming Super Bowl, which includes intellectual property rights and human trafficking enforcement efforts.
"A great deal of effort has gone into the security of the Super Bowl and its related events," said Public Safety Director Frank G. Straub. "These agencies have worked together for over a year and we are very proud to say that we are ready for the Super Bowl. Protecting the public is our number one priority."
These public safety agencies displayed their equipment proudly. The type of equipment ranged from robots, tactical vehicles, fire engines, hazmat trucks, motorcycles and SWAT gear, to the latest technology. This equipment will be used to secure Lucas Oil Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.
For additional information on Super Bowl XLVI events, visit www.indy.gov.