Homeland Security: Be vigilant
In an effort to remind residents to not let their guard down when it comes to terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security is launching an advertising campaign in the Washington region to encourage people to report suspicious activity to local police.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday announced that the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign will be expanded to the D.C. area.
The advertisements, which feature the slogan along with a young man with an intense gaze, are meant to remind commuters and others to be vigilant and call police if they see something that concerns them.
"Homeland security begins with hometown security," Napolitano said.
Napolitano, joined by dignitaries including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), District Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Fairfax County Police Chief David M. Rohrer, timed the announcement to coincide with National Night Out, an annual anti-crime effort.
Napolitano also announced other efforts that grew from recommendations made by the Homeland Security Advisory Council's "Countering Violent Extremism" group, which is made up of local law enforcement officials and community leaders, and security experts. The idea is to improve training and information sharing so officers are better equipped to identify possible threats.
Those efforts include:
- A new training curriculum to help front-line officers identity threats
- A series of unclassified case studies produced by the Department of Homeland Security that examine recent incidents of violent crime or terrorism and show common behaviors and indicators exhibited by the suspects.
- Homeland Security, along with the Department of Justice, will publish guidance and recommendations for local and state law enforcement about how to better share information.
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