Help Law Enforcement Fight Terror with Vigilance, Not Fear

By: Marcus Brown, Director of Homeland Security

September 20, 2016

Recent attacks in New York and New Jersey have reminded us that the reality of terror that we’ve faced since September 11, 2001, is still very real.

But the events were also a reminder of the importance of vigilant citizens reporting suspicious activity to help law enforcement disrupt attacks and find those responsible.

Law enforcement at all levels – federal, state and local police – are working 24-7 to keep Americans safe.

Here in Pennsylvania we are working with our partners to create clear lines of communication, better share information and ensure both law enforcement and private institutions and citizens are prepared.

However, law enforcement doesn’t have enough eyes and ears alone to be everywhere, see everything and know all suspicious activity.

It’s the resident that is most familiar with their community and what to expect on a daily basis. You’re going to be the first ones to recognize that something’s out of place or there’s something that shouldn’t be where it is.

That’s why it is important to follow the old adage: See Something, Say Something.

It seems too simple. But it was a tip from a resident that led law enforcement to arrest their primary suspect in the recent NY/NJ bombings.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a helpful guide on how to identify suspicious activity.

If you see something suspicious, don’t be afraid – call 9-1-1 and alert local law enforcement.

You never know the difference it could make in helping prevent something bad from happening.


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