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Homeland Security Begins with Hometown Security
Posted Date: 7/22/2014

The Department of Homeland Security launched a national campaign, "If You See Something, Say Something™" to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and violent crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities.

Strengthening hometown security involves creating partnerships among community members and the Santa Clara Police Department. “If You See Something, Say Something” aims to empower people to monitor their own environment for suspicious objects or behavior on trains or buses, at stations and other public places. By being observant in these types of settings, you could drastically minimize the chance of danger and help to keep our community safer. If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity to local law enforcement. In emergency situations, call 9-1-1 and for non-emergency situations dial (408)615-5580.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.

The safety and security of our community is our highest priority. As a result, the Santa Clara Police Department shares information with our local, state and federal partners.