Today, the Department joined the National Hockey League (NHL) to unveil a new partnership that expands the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign.
On Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers will face off against the New York Rangers in the NHL Winter Classic in one of the most-watched games of the season. Fans at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia will see “If You See Something, Say Something™” messages and graphics before and during the game. Safety messaging will be printed on the back of NHL Winter Classic credentials for staff, players, and volunteers. There will also be “If You See Something, Say Something™” advertisements throughout Philadelphia at airports and gas stations, and on buses, trains and billboards.
Our message is simple: if you see something that doesn’t look right—an unattended bag or package, a person behaving in a suspicious manner, a vehicle that seems out of place—report it to the authorities. This partnership is another example of how DHS and our nation’s sports leagues are working together to protect our country.
Hometown security is the key to homeland security. Time and again, we have seen the value of public vigilance in thwarting terrorism and crime, including foiled plots against Times Square in May 2010, a Martin Luther King Day parade route in Washington state last year, and more recently, at the Ft. Hood Army Base in Texas. Each of these plots could have ended differently—and tragically—had someone not reported suspicious activity to authorities.
Security is a shared responsibility and each citizen has a role to play in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats. Through efforts like “If You See Something, Say Something™”, we can engage everyone, including hockey fans, in our homeland security efforts.
Learn more about the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign.