Printed messages urge UM community to report suspicious activity as part of the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign.
Coral Gables (April 23, 2013) — Printed messages urging vigilance in helping to keep the country safe will soon greet employees and students at the University of Miami.
UM is a partner in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, an initiative aimed at engaging the public to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime.
As such, the University will begin displaying and distributing posters and postcards inscribed with the “If You See Something, Say Something” tagline. In addition, a toll-free telephone number (855-FLA-SAFE) to report suspicious activity will be displayed and passed out at events, residence halls, academic buildings, and other locations across the University, according to Scott Burnotes, UM’s director of emergency management.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced five different posters and postcards for UM, using images of various University events, such as basketball and baseball games, in the design. Miami-Dade County, through an Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant, printed the materials.
The posters and postcards also include UM’s Emergency Notification Network hotline and phone numbers for the UM Police Department and security offices on the medical and marine campuses.
Burnotes, who worked with DHS in implementing the program at UM, has created a special website on the campaign.
Noting that tips from the public often lead to crimes being solved, UMPD Police Chief David Rivero said the “If You See Something, Say Something” DHS campaign is a tremendous benefit to law enforcement personnel.
“Police can never solve a crime or a terrorist act without the help of the public, and in our small community, the eyes and ears of our students, faculty, and staff act as a force multiplier in helping the police prevent criminal acts,” Rivero said. “In the seven years I have been working here, I can cite countless examples where someone called the police to report a suspicious person that later led UMPD to a criminal and an arrest. Even as I sit here talking about UM, I can safely say that someone, other than police, will come forward with the key piece of information or evidence that will lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the cowardly acts in Boston.”
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