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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.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  August 3, 2010; 8:19 PM ET
Categories:  District of Columbia , Maria Glod  
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Does that apply when I see an illegal immigrant?

DHS does not want to allow arrests of illegals unless they are arrested for another crime. So, I suppose a petty thief should not be arrested until he commits an armed robbery, huh!

What a crock of sh*t she and Obama wants us to buy!

Posted by: numbersch13 | August 3, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

But...but...but...why be vigilant. The President assured us there is no war on terror and we are safe now that he is running things and said "unclench your fists."

All the Reds posting here say that all that stuff was in the Past and it was George Bush's fault..he manufactured it to allow him to invade two countries and then he crashed planes into buildings to justify it, right after outing a CIA officer and selling arms to Nazis in Boffunoland.

And...and...and.. this sounds like Fascist behavior to get us to spy on our neighbor and is obviously a Republican smear job. We need to repeal the Patriot act and disband Homeland Security.. At least that's what the Reds say.

Aren't they right?

Posted by: wjc1va | August 4, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Illegal aliens bypass the process of medical screening which can pose a problem for U.S. citizens. We should assume that some of the illegal aliens who have not yet committed crimes are criminals, terrorists, alcoholics, drug users, rapists, have communicable tropical diseases, are mentally ill, and/or are functionally illiterate even in their own language, and do not speak English. I support the Arizona law and the Border Sheriffs.

Posted by: windmill3 | August 6, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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