Posted: 25 Apr 2011 11:48 AM PDT
*The following news release was issued by Cal EMA on Monday, April 25, 2011.*
LOS ANGELES – Today California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) Acting Secretary Mike Dayton joined U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and other LA city and county officials for a tour of the new Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC) at the Port of Los Angeles and to announce the expansion of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
The MLETC will have the country's first maritime curriculum – approved by Cal EMA and DHS – specifically designed to train state and local law enforcement personnel. The training provides advanced instruction on maritime boardings, arrest procedures, vessel identification, searches, and counter-terrorism practices and procedures.
“Protecting the public from the threats of terrorism is an ongoing team effort," said Acting Secretary Dayton. "The fight against terrorism is a top priority and we must never grow complacent in our efforts. The development of the MLETC curriculum and expansion of 'See Something, Say Something' are both important steps to ensuring that California is making every effort to protect the public's health and safety."
Launched by Secretary Napolitano in 2010, the “See Something, Say Something” campaign is a national public awareness campaign using education materials, advertisements and other outreach tools to engage travelers, businesses, community organizations and public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our country safe.
The “See Something, Say Something” campaign has been launched at other locations around Los Angeles including LAX, Union Station and throughout the rail system, and the NBA All-Star Game.
For more information about "See Something, Say Something," please visit www.dhs.gov.
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