The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) today announced the partnership of the "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign with the 2013 ING New York City Marathon.
"Homeland security begins with hometown security, and everyone has a role to play in keeping our country safe and secure," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers. "Partnering the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign with the ING New York City Marathon will help engage the American public in efforts to protect our nation and ensure a safe event for athletes, fans and employees."
"Public vigilance is a critical part of public safety," said New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. "Alert citizens can help the NYPD to ensure the safety of marathon runners and spectators."
This partnership will bring the "If You See Something, Say Something" message to athletes participating in the race, as well as employees, spectators and visitors during the event. Messages will be delivered utilizing digital screens at the runner registration area that will be seen by more than 40,000 individuals, including participants, friends and family members.
The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign--originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority--is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
DHS will continue to expand the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to engage America's businesses, communities, and citizens to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the county safe.
For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.