Press Release


Brooks to Hold Field Hearing on Mass Gathering Security

Media Contact: April Ward (202) 226-8417

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications will hold a field hearing to examine the coordinated security efforts of federal, state and local entities for mass gathering events.

MONDAY, June 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Field Hearing: Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Mass Gathering Security: A Look at the Coordinated Approach to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey and Other Large Scale Events

Auditorium, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ -07102

Witnesses Include:

Panel I

·         Mr. Andrew McLees, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Coordinating Officer, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Lt. Col. Edward Cetnar, Deputy Superintendent, Operations, New Jersey State Police

·         Chief Louis Koumoutsos, Port Authority Police, Office of the Port Authority Chief of Security, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

·         Chief John G. Centanni, Fire Chief, Fire Department, City of Newark, New Jersey

Panel II

·         Mr. Dan Grossi, Director, Event Security, National Football League

·         Mr. Daniel DeLorenzi, Director, Security and Safety Services, MetLife Stadium

·         Mr. J. Douglas Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

·         Dr. Fred S. Roberts, Director, Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellenece, Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, Rutgers University

Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: “Each year, hundreds of thousands of spectators attend mass gathering events across our country and around the world. Given the ever-present threats we face from acts of terrorism and other emergencies, each event requires a coordinated approach to security planning that incorporates law enforcement and emergency response providers at all levels of government. This hearing will examine the security considerations and planning necessary for a successful and secure mass gathering event through the lens of Super Bowl XLVIII and the Indianapolis 500.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.