TRENTON—Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg joined New Jersey State Police Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security Lt. Col. Jerome Hatfield Monday to announce the state-wide expansion of the national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign across New Jersey.
“Homeland security begins with hometown security, and everyone has a role to play in keeping our country safe and secure,” said Napolitano. “Expanding the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign across New Jersey will help ensure citizens know how to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper law enforcement authorities.”
“Terrorists are looking for any way possible to harm Americans, cause destruction and wreak havoc,” said Lautenberg, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. “During this busy travel season, it is especially critical that New Jerseyans be vigilant and mindful that the fight against terrorism begins with each of us. Everyone must step up and speak up.”
The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from the Department of Homeland Security’s Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
This state-wide expansion will bring the “If You See Something, Say Something” message to residents of New Jersey, as well as travelers and visitors during the busy holiday season—utilizing advertisements on New Jersey public transit throughout the state, as well as in movie theaters, gas stations and on local radio stations in the Atlantic City and Trenton areas.
Since the beginning of the summer, homeland security has worked closely with its state, local and private sector partners to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to communities throughout the country—launching new partnerships with organizations including the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the general aviation industry and state and local fusion centers.
For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.
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