Secretary Napolitano Speaks at 2012 National Fusion Center Training Event; Highlights new and recent DHS Initiatives
Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano met with state and urban area fusion center leaders on Wednesday to discuss the benefits of information sharing and analysis at the 2012 National Fusion Center Training Event in Phoenix.
“Homeland security begins with hometown security, and fusion centers play a vital role in keeping communities safe all across America,” Napolitano said. “Fusion centers enhance hometown security in many ways – as they are uniquely well-positioned to help local officials better protect their communities from all threats, whether it is terrorism or other criminal activities.”
Napolitano highlighted the importance of collaboration with fusion centers as well as with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners to improve information sharing and analysis and to develop the fusion centers’ grassroots capabilities while using national intelligence in a local context.
Other initiatives, such as the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative and the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign were discussed. The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative trains law enforcement in terrorist behavioral recognition and standardizes documentation and reporting of these observations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
Napolitano also highlighted the success of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, a program that encourages the public to report suspicious behavior and activity to law enforcement. The campaign has recently expanded to include partnerships with sports teams, sports leagues, transportation agencies and colleges and universities, DHS said.