It's been 25 years since Minnesota last hosted the Super Bowl and our world has changed quite a bit since then. And while security was still increased at the Metrodome back in January of 1992, the security in place at Super Bowl LII makes up the biggest force ever assembled here in the Bold North-- and includes officers from right here in Rochester.

This Star Tribune story describes in detail how the security at this year's Super Bowl goes beyond Minnesota. In fact, "The Department of Homeland Security attaches a Level 1 'special event assessment rating' to the event, the highest security designation available, because of the game’s broad national and international reach," the story noted.

It's taken several years to plan the security effort, which involves a huge number of people to pull off.  In fact, the force deployed in Minneapolis features "officers from 60 police departments across the state, 40 federal agencies and related offices, 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard, and private contractors, as well," the story noted.

And, it also includes some of the finest four-legged officers from right here in southeast Minnesota. According to a post on the Olmsted-Rochester Law Enforcement K9 Foundation Facebook page, "Sarge and Riley have their work cut out conducting numerous explosive sweeps daily to ensure a fun and safe Super Bowl experience for everyone," the post said.

Which, if you ask me, is one pretty cool assignment. Way to go, guys!

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