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NRP Kicks-Off New Homeland Security Initiative

See Something, Say Something is Maryland’s Maritime Security Education Program

Baltimore, Md. (September 8, 2011) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and partners kicked off the See Something, Say Something campaign today at the Baltimore Rowing Club in Baltimore City. NRP Superintendent Colonel George F. Johnson IV and Captain Mark O’Malley, USCG Captain the Port of Baltimore stressed the importance of citizens awareness to the mission of homeland security.

“The program’s goal is to reach, educate and motivate the public to report suspicious maritime activity,” said Col. Johnson. “This heightened awareness will enhance Maryland’s ability to monitor areas not currently addressed through regular patrol and monitoring activities.”

See Something, Say Something focuses on training citizens to recognize potential threats in Maryland waterways and their role in reporting suspicious activity. After participating in the program, citizens take information back to their maritime related jobs and educate their colleagues what to report and how.

NRP also unveiled a new Public Service Announcement to educate the public on the economic impact of Maryland’s maritime activities and how to report suspicious activity. The PSA will air on networks throughout the state.

Maritime Domain Awareness is about generating good citizen tips, which serves as the cornerstone of successful counterterrorist and maritime law enforcement. Using the private sector’s ability to “see something” will greatly increase and strengthen the relationship between State and private port partners. It will also educate private partners on maritime security issues, allowing them to become a greater asset to maritime law enforcement agencies.

People who “SEE SOMETHING” suspicious on or around Maryland’s waterways should “SAY SOMETHING” and report this activity to 800-628-9944. Calls will be received at the NRP’s Communication Center and will be logged, evaluated and then investigated. These calls may elicit a response from NRP, or other allied local, state and Federal agencies. The information will be sent to Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, the focal point for federal, state, local, and private sector partners in the collection, analysis and dissemination of criminal and homeland security information.


   September 8, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell
awindemuth@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov