Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced yesterday that the Department would be launching a nationwide “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
Napolitano made the announcement in New York City’s Penn Station at the beginning of a daylong train tour down the northeastern corridor highlighting rail security.
The “See Something” campaign was initially created by New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority; it received a lot of attention recently when vendors in Times Square tipped off police to a bombing attempt.
According to the DHS press release:
In the coming months, DHS will expand the “See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials, advertisements and other outreach tools to continue engaging travelers, businesses, community organizations, and public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our country safe.
I think the expansion of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign is a terrific development that this blog has long been advocating for.Â I would suggest that the campaign be more specific and robust in explaining what the public should be seeing and saying if it is to be most effective. There is a need to better educate citizens about what “somethings” to look for in part by offering more instances of successful civilian tips.
In addition to the “See Something, Say Something” announcement, Napolitano held a swearing-in for the new head of the Transportation Security Administration John Pistole inside Penn Station waiting area.