State Officials Observe Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 with Launch of “If You See Something, Say Something™” Campaign
September 13, 2016
Maine law enforcement agencies and Maine Emergency Management Agency joined the LePage administration today to reinforce Maine’s commitment to fighting terrorism and violent crime by partnering with the Department of Homeland Security in its “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign. A press conference was held to officially launch the campaign. Speakers and attendees included the Maine State Police, Maine Sheriff’s Association, local law enforcement agencies, the LePage administration and Homeland Security experts.
“Fifteen years after the 9-11 attack, we should not become complacent,” said Homeland Security Advisor Chet Lunner. “We all should become involved citizens in this common-sense practice to honor past victims and help prevent future ones.”
The If You See Something, Say Something™ campaign is a public awareness campaign launched by the Department of Homeland Security to raise public awareness about terrorism and the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local authorities. “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign materials will be visible throughout the state of Maine in public buildings, transit systems, schools and participating business and event locations. “This initiative provides law enforcement with another tool to help prevent terrorism and other related criminal activity by establishing a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing suspicious activity information,” said Maine Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Morris. “State and local law enforcement agencies are trained to recognize behaviors and indicators of terrorism and terrorism–related crime. If you are unsure, call and discuss your concern.”
The public should report suspicious activity and behavior such as a suspicious package or someone breaking into a restricted area. Suspicious activity does not include factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity in Maine is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
Following the press conference, reporters were given a tour of the Maine Information and Analysis Center (MIAC), also known as the Fusion Center, which is a clearinghouse for information relative to Maine’s homeland security and terrorist related activity.