KGUN 9 On Your SideNews

Actions

Arizona bolsters security for championship

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 17:03:18-05
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix officials are deploying more security personnel for the college football championship than for last year's Super Bowl as federal authorities warn about the risk of terror attacks at crowded public events.
 
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Monday's sold-out game between Clemson and Alabama at the University of Phoenix Stadium in suburban Glendale as well as concerts and other events this weekend in downtown Phoenix.
 
Phoenix officials say they're ramping up security with an increased presence on the ground. They also will use a multiagency coordination center, where authorities can monitor, manage and respond to threats in real time.
 
John Cohen, a former Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism coordinator, says recent attacks in California and Paris show the threat of homegrown terrorism is real and can affect any city.