HARTFORD — Gov. Jodi Rell today announced the start of an aggressive, statewide security awareness campaign urging residents – especially users of public transportation – to be alert and prepared to report suspicious activity.
The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign aims to empower people to monitor their own environment for suspicious objects or behavior on trains or buses, stations and other public places. The state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security operates a 24-hour homeland security tip line, 1 (866) HLS-TIPS.
“It is simple – but it is so effective,” Rell said during a kickoff news conference at Hartford’s Union Station.
State officials are asking public transporation users to be aware of their surroundings, be on the lookout for suspicious objects or behavior on trains and buses or at stations like this one.
Rell said this campaing is “not about starting a panic.”
The campaign is being conducted by the state Departments of Transportation and Emergency Management and Homeland Security and funded through the federal Transit Security Grant Program.
DEMHS Commissioner Peter J. Boynton commented on the Times Square attempted bombing,saying ” terrorism can strike very close to home.”
“What this incident also showed is that the public is an important partner in emergency management and homeland security,” Boynton said. “I want all of our 3.4 million residents to know that they are a vital part of our team and will continue to play an integral role.”
The campaign includes television, radio, online, print, billboards and more. The goal is to encourage as many Connecticut residents as possible to maintain awareness and remind them to remain vigilant.
For more information, visit www.keepctsafe.com .