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News Release
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"If You See Something, Say Something(R)" Campaign Running in Eugene with U.S. Olympic Team Trials -- Track and Field  (Photo) - 06/17/21

SALEM, Ore. -- The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field are coming to the newly renovated Hayward Field in Eugene June 18-27. With crowds anticipated at the event, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—in partnership with TrackTown USA, University of Oregon, The Oregon Fusion Center, Lane County and the City of Eugene—are reminding the public that everyone plays a role in keeping communities safe.

“If You See Something, Say Something®” is the hallmark slogan of a nationwide campaign launched by DHS in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, which serves as an example of how residents working together with law enforcement can make a difference to protect their communities.

Citizens are encouraged to be watchful during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or by calling 9-1-1. Suspicious activity might be a vehicle parked in an odd location, an unattended backpack, or unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest.

“Public safety and security are everyone's responsibility,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “If you see something concerning, trust your instincts and say something. Some of these activities could be innocent, but it's up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation.”

The "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign respects citizens' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties by emphasizing behavior, rather than appearance, in identifying suspicious activity.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious. The public should only report suspicious behavior and situations. Only reports that document behavior that is reasonably indicative of criminal activity related to terrorism will be shared with federal partners. When reporting suspicious activity to local authorities, or in the case of an emergency by calling 9-1-1, it is important to describe specifics, including:

  • Who or what you saw.
  • When you saw it.
  • Where it occurred.
  • Why it is suspicious.

Visit https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something to learn more about the indicators and reporting for suspicious activity.

Promoting the importance of the ““If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign is one of the many ways that DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has worked with private sector partners, local first responders, and state and federal partners to ensure public safety at the event. Over the past four years, CISA has supported emergency response and recovery operations preparation at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials by conducting several large-scale exercises and workshops focused on soft target crowded places resilience, and training on bombing prevention and response.

“Coordinating and working with our state, local, tribal, and territorial government and the private sector partners is critical to the success of this campaign,” said CISA Protective Security Advisor Chass Jones, who covers Oregon for CISA Region 10, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. “CISA looks forward to continuing to work with our partners throughout the region to do our part to ensure the Trials and accompanying events are safe and secure.”

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