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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Remarks to Law Enforcement Leaders

Release Date: 
April 16, 2010

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today delivered remarks about the Department’s support for first responders to top law enforcement leaders from across the nation at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass.

“The men and woman of our state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies serve our country honorably every day,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The Department of Homeland Security is committed to doing everything we can to support these officers on the frontlines by providing the critical training and information they need to do their jobs to secure our nation from the threats we face.”

In her remarks, Secretary Napolitano emphasized the Department’s continued commitment to sharing timely, accurate information about evolving threats between the federal government and state, local and tribal law enforcement to protect against terrorism.

She also reiterated her commitment to deploy personnel to all 72 state and local fusion centers across the nation by the end of fiscal year 2010 to better coordinate and streamline the efforts of federal, state, local and tribal governments to detect, deter, prevent and respond to homeland security threats.

In addition, Secretary Napolitano highlighted the Department’s efforts to coordinate with law enforcement partners* to strengthen participation in Joint Terrorism Task Forces and emphasized the success of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative pilot program, which trains law enforcement personnel nationwide to better identify and address emerging threats while protecting privacy and civil liberties.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov.

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*Removed "at the federal level"

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