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“If You See Something, Say Something”
24 November 2015 |
Recent terrorist attacks around the world and new threats have left many local governments evaluating their preparedness protocols. Cities large and small are addressing the threats by considering lessons learned. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states that the greatest tool citizens have against terrorism is to be aware and report any suspicious activity.
To help raise public awareness, in July 2010 DHS launched the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI). The NSI also standardized how these observations are documented so that information can be more easily shared among organizations. Local governments play an important role in promoting awareness of the campaign and informing citizens about what suspicious activity is and where to report it. This webpage on the Fairfax County, Virginia, website is a great example of how to accomplish this.
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