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Pennsylvania's Top Cop to Head NFL Stadium Security

By Matthew Harwood

The NFL has hired Pennsylvania's top cop to lead its new strategic security program that covers "all aspects of stadium security," reports the Associated Press.

Colonel Jeffrey Miller, the state's police chief, says his new duties will encompass many areas.

Those areas will include overseeing pregame security screening, initiated by the league after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as well as fan behavior, an area commissioner Roger Goodell stressed last spring at the annual league meeting.

But his duties will also include making sure teams do not cheat by stealing game signals. Last September, controversy struck when an employee of the New England Patriots got caught taping the New York Jets' signals during the season opener. The offense is tantamount to corporate espionage in the business world. The league fined Patriots' coach Bill Belichick $500,000 for the offense while the team received a $250,000 fine and had a first-round draft pick taken away.

Miller, who begins work as director of strategic security on August 18, has earned accolades for his tenure as the Pennsylvania's police chief. Appointed by Governor Ed Rendell in 2003, Miller oversaw the investigation into the Amish schoolhouse shooting massacre. He was praised for his ability to balance the public's right to know and the Amish's desire for privacy, says the AP.

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