Department of Homeland Security yesterday announced a series of initiatives to support state and local law enforcement and community groups across America in identifying and diminishing threats to their communities and expanded DHS’ “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to the Washington, D.C., area in connection with the annual anti-crime campaign National Night Out.
“Homeland security begins with hometown security, and our efforts to confront threats in our communities are most effective when they are led by local law enforcement and involve strong collaboration with the communities and citizens they serve,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
The new measures announced are based on recommendations made by the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s “Countering Violent Extremism” Working Group on how DHS can better support community-based efforts to fight violent extremism in the nation.
The Washington, D.C., area “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign will leverage the Metropolitan Police Department’s long-standing participation in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, combining best practices from the law enforcement community with the public’s involvement in identifying and reporting suspicious activity.
Yesterday’s launch represents the third major expansion of the “If You See Something, Say Something” initiative this summer—following expansions to Amtrak and general aviation in July. In the coming months, DHS will continue to further the campaign nationally with public-education materials, advertisements and other outreach tools to engage travelers, businesses, community organizations and public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.