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See It, Say It Campaign

Posted 4/24/2013 12:38 PM by MDGREGORY

See It, Say It Campaign
Press Release from the Spokane Department of Emergency Management


Spokane Department of Emergency Management
1618 N. Rebecca
Spokane, Washington 99217

Director; Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich 477-4739
Information Officer Lisa Jameson 477-3029
E-Mail-ljameson@spokanecounty.org

24 April 2013 - For Immediate Release:

See it, Say it

SPOKANE, WA: The Spokane Department of Emergency Management in Partnership with local law enforcement encourages the public to join our See It, Say It Campaign and report suspicious activity.

In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at the direction of Secretary Janet Napolitano, launched a national "If You See Something, Say Something™" campaign – a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism, terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.

In January 2011, Spokane Department of Emergency Management and Local Law Enforcement launched a “See It Say It” Campaign to raise public awareness of indicators of suspicious activity reporting and information sharing. This is in combination with our local Critical Infrastructure Program in Spokane. This campaign is a Protection and Prevention measure that can build a stronger community. We launched this Public Service Announcement (PSA) during a talk radio interview with Sheriff Knezovich (http://www.spokaneco...x?c=2677).
In an article dated April 16, 2013 in the Homeland Security Today US, it was reported Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano stated the following:

“Indeed, it was an alert street vendor in Times Square that helped thwart an attempted attack in May 2010 by reporting a suspicious vehicle to law enforcement,” Napolitano said, adding, “in January [2011], alert city workers in Spokane, Washington reported a suspicious backpack and prevented what almost certainly would have been a deadly bombing along a busy parade route.” http://www.hstoday.u...835b7.html

Our message is simple. Together, we can work toward a safer community by “See it, Say it”. Our PSA can be viewed on our webpage at http://www.spokaneco...&deptid=62

We continue to ask for your help. If you see suspicious activity contact Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. If you need immediate assistance, dial 9-1-1.