Suspicious Activity Reporting: Stopping the Threat
Webinar recorded on September 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sara Cuban, Department of Homeland Security, Director of Strategic Communications
Tom O'Reilly, Department of Justice, Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative Program Management Office
Chris Trucillo, Chief of Police, New Jersey Transit System
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano launched the "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign this summer. The campaign was originally implemented by New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority and DHS plans to expand the campaign nationally with public education materials, advertisements and other 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. The campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats and emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
What happens after police receive a report of suspicious activity from a concerned civilian? The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign is working in concert with the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), a program managed by the Department of Justice. The NSI establishes a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing and sharing suspicious activity reports. The NSI plans to achieve their goals by utilizing innovative technological solutions for information sharing and by using existing data collection methods, then making them available to participating law enforcement agencies and partners through a federated search capability.
Tom O’Reilly and Sara Kuban will join us to discuss national initiatives led by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice and explain the overall strategy and goals of these programs. Chief Chris Trucillo of New Jersey Metro Transit Police Department will provide the local perspective of how transit and law enforcement agencies can help stop the threat of terrorism and utilize the public as a resource to collect vital information.
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