PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)
“IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING™” CAMPAIGN
NEW POLICIES ENFORCED BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA—Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced their partnership with the public awareness campaign of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “If You See Something, Say Something™.”
“If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign materials are currently visible throughout the Cultural District which includes all Pittsburgh Cultural Trust owned and operated venues. Citizens in the Cultural District are able to contact the local authorities with information on suspicious activity (888) 292-1919 or 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
“Pittsburgh Cultural Trust facilities are the first venues in the Pittsburgh area to implement the program since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted the program just under a year ago,” shared Bob Winters, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Advisor for Western Pennsylvania. “See Something, Say Something is not a program about making people afraid that something is going to happen, but instead an initiative in Hometown Security that everyone can use to contribute to enhancing safety at public assembly sites.”
Winters applauded the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for pursuing and implementing the DHS See Something, Say Something Campaign. It is a national program that respects the insight of the general public to report suspicious activity if they see it. The Cultural Trust will then be able to use those additional eyes and ears to potentially make their venues, and the entire city, safer.
The “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.
The Department launched the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign in conjunction with the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative—an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation and fusion centers for analysis.
The “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign has grown to include partnerships with numerous sports teams and leagues, transportation agencies, private sector partners, states, municipalities, and colleges and universities. DHS also has “If You See Something, Say Something™” Public Service Announcements which have been distributed to television and radio stations across the country.
DHS will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign nationally to ensure America’s businesses, communities, and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/See-Something-Say-Something.
To speak with a representative of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust regarding safety and security policies, please contact Kevin Wilkes, Chief Security Officer at (412) 471-6074 or via email at Wilkes@TrustArts.org.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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