Homeland Security partners with Jewish groups on security campaign

| June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In its first partnership with a faith-based community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working with Jewish organizations to expand awareness of suspicious behavior.

The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign will distribute posters and customized announcements in synagogues, Jewish community centers and related agencies across the country.

Its thrust will be to educate the Jewish community to be on the alert for suspicious behavior and to report the community's concerns to local law enforcement. The campaign’s rollout has already begun and will continue over the next several months.

"One of the main goals of the campaign is to encourage people to be vigilant, not to be fearful, but to be vigilant," said John Cohen, a senior Homeland Security official.

"People know what belongs in their community, they know when things look out of place. We're not looking for the public to make the determination of whether something is terrorist-related."



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