“If You See Something, Say Something” is a campaign that Homeland Security rolled out and is being picked up across the country. Not unlike "Eyes and Ears" or "Neighborhood Watch", the program relies of citizens to observe and report anything suspicious.
The Department of Homeland Security has found a number of partners in bringing this program to the general public, including the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the National Football League, and Walmart. Walmart was the first national retailer to partner with Secretary Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security in the campaign. The urged their customers and associates to join them.
Beginning last December, nearly 600 Walmart stores equipped with checkout video screens began airing a public service announcement from Secretary Napolitano, urging people to take an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation and our communities
The program was immediately adopted by the city of New York and its Transit Authority and that helped avoid what could have been very tragic incidents. Critics, however, feel that the program results in many unwarranted tips that are the result of phobias.
Michael Moll, Protective Security Advisor of the Field Operations Branch, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security was in Rockford, Michigan today and introduced this program to about 50 members and guests of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan. In Alpine Township, residents are encouraged to call the Kent County Sheriff's Department (911) anytime they observe suspicious behavior or situations that could lead to injury, loss of life or property. For local crime prevention tips, please go to Safe Neigbors
Homeland Security's Mike Moll (left) with Alpine Township Community Policing Officer, Kent County Deputy Nate Ertle
Crime Prevention Specialists and Community Policing Officers from across Michigan attended the meeting