ALBANY, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced two new efforts Monday to enhance New York state's ability to fight terrorism.
The new "See Something, Send Something" campaign encourages New Yorkers to report suspicious activity through a simple mobile app on their smartphones. Also, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hire 46 more police officers to increase counterterrorism capabilities at Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and throughout the Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and Staten Island Railway systems.
"These new efforts are essential pieces in our fight against terrorism," Cuomo said. "We have stepped up our preparedness in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, and we continue to remain vigilant against those who seek to spread fear and violence."
"See Something, Send Something" allows anyone to capture suspicious activity as a photo or written note and send the information to the state Intelligence Center. From there, the tip will be reviewed and if relevant, sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
By using the app, which can be downloaded here for free for iPhone and Android phone users, there is no worry about whom to send the tip to or what phone number to call — users can simply send a photo of the suspicious activity using their device’s camera by choosing a photo from its library or sending a written note. It also includes information on what to look for and when to report suspicious activity.
The app does not replace 911 and should not to be used for someone needing immediate police action or to report an emergency.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has provided information on how to prevent terrorism and spot suspicious activity.
Those tips include:
- Know the normal routines of where you live and work.
- Be aware of what is going on around you, including suspicious or out of place individuals, vehicles, mail, packages; or luggage abandoned in a crowded place, such as an airport of shopping mall.
- Be suspicious of individuals recording, watching or unusually photographing or monitoring activities, especially near critical infrastructure.
To download the app, click here .
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