A localized version of the nationwide “If You See Something, Say Something™” anti-terrorism public awareness campaign, was launched in Orange County in July 2013. The campaign is focused on delivering the message to local citizens that an alert public plays a critical role in keeping our communities safe.
Part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) national anti-terrorism public awareness initiative, the campaign has two primary focuses:
1. To raise public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime.
2. To emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity and items to the proper local law enforcement authorities.
In Orange County, “If You See Something, Say Something™” provides guidance to citizens on how to report questionable behavior or situations such as an unattended bag in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area.
Notably, the initiative does not promote spying on others, or making judgments based on beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations or speech unrelated to criminal activity.
Local efforts are grant-funded by DHS’ Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and administered by the Santa Ana and Anaheim police departments in collaboration with countywide organizations.