Homeland Security, Public Venues Encourage Patrons: If You See Something, Say Something
2011-03-31 · By Editor
On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security and AEG Facilities held a joint press conference at the Staples Center to announce an expansion of the If You See Something, Say Something campaign. The public awareness campaign started in New York will be extended to all public venues owned by or affiliated with AEG Facilities.
“When it comes to our homeland security, it is the responsibility of every citizen to be an active part of the process by reporting any suspicious activity or threats they may identify,” said Congresswoman Laura Richardson in support of the expansion plans. “The ‘If You See Something, Say Something‘ campaign helps to keep our communities safe. By expanding this program to AEG venues, including the Home Depot Center in Carson, we can improve safety at large gatherings across the country.”
The “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign was originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and is now licensed to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a nationwide public awareness effort that includes both print and digital materials. The campaign encourages average citizens to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
The new partnership launched between DHS and AEG represents an effort to increase security at stadiums, arenas, theatres, clubs, convention centers and other public venues. In the 37th District, this expansion applies to the Home Depot Center, home of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. Located in Carson and designated as an “Official U.S. Olympic Training Site,” The Home Depot Center is the nation’s most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes.
In addition to the Home Depot Center and the STAPLES Center, AEG properties implementing the campaign in the greater Los Angeles area include Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Club Nokia, El Rey Theatre and L.A. LIVE.
Over the past nine months, DHS has worked with its federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative—an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism, crime and other threats; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and expand and enhance the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DHS—to communities throughout the country.
In the coming months, DHS will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign nationally to help America’s business, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.