ST. PAUL — Minnesotans are asked to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity as part of a new Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) ad campaign. With several large gatherings planned in the Twin Cities this spring and summer, DPS reminds the public: “If You See Something, Say Something™.”
DPS wants to raise awareness of suspicious activity and remind people how and when to report that activity. Local residents know better than anyone what is out of place and should call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Examples may include:
- Someone acting suspicious at entrances and exits of public buildings
- People entering a restricted area
- An unattended package
The campaign comes as the Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the importance of noticing your surroundings and reporting something out of the ordinary like an unattended package.
“Everyone has a role in keeping our communities safe,” said DPS Commissioner Mona Dohman. “’If You See Something, Say Something’ is designed to make people more aware of their surroundings and help prevent crime and terrorism. Being aware and reporting anything suspicious is the best way for Minnesotans to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe.”
Beginning today and running through the summer, DPS is placing digital billboards in areas near large gatherings like this weekend’s Race for the Cure, major Twins home games, the Minneapolis Aquatennial, the Basilica Block Party, the State Fair and other events to raise awareness of people attending.
DPS works in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security on the “If You See Something, Say Something™” initiative.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)
HSEM helps Minnesotans prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. HSEM staff members are helping Minnesota communities recover from seven federally declared disasters from 2010 through 2012.
In FY2012, HSEM awarded 402 Homeland Security grants totaling $80 million to 300 local governments and other entities to prepare them for all hazards including terrorism.