Sheriff Mike Wood requests that you "Meet the Challenge"
Since September 11, 2001, my focus as being the Co-Chairman of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force for the Tallahassee area, is on the protection of citizen's and visitors of Leon County. This includes protecting critical facilities and infrastructures from crime, disaster and terrorism. My mission is to enhance and rekindle the Neighborhood Crime Watch program to include domestic security.
Public education is a vital component in our local effort to keep the citizens of Leon County informed about their role in the battle of terrorism. Terrorism is just another type of crime. Terrorism prevention is the same as crime prevention. You just have to look at it differently than the traditional crimes we deal with on a daily basis.
In an address to the nation given by President Bush, November 8, 2001, he challenged Americans as he stated " Many ask, what can I do to help in our fight. The answer is simple. All of us can become a September 11th volunteer by making a commitment to service our own communities." He also stated, "You can participate in your Neighborhood Watch..." In a similar message from John Ashcroft of the Department of Justice, he states "Americans have a history of great courage and great resolve. We must continue that great tradition. And so, like the many courageous generations before us, we must act. We can act to prepare and protect our families and communities." Adds Ashcroft, " Your country has never needed you more. It is only your commitment to protecting your family and neighbors that will truly make the difference. Thank you for your dedication to standing united to make America stronger."
Law enforcement agencies depend on alert citizens to identify and report things that seem out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods, communities, and places of business. In essence, citizens act as Law Enforcement's "eyes and ears." By working through Neighborhood Watch networks, the public can play a potentially crucial role in the detection, disruption and prevention of terrorist acts.
I am asking you as residents of Leon County to meet the President's Challenge! By becoming involved in Neighborhood Crime Watch you will meet this challenge and enhance support of our homeland security. Homeland security begins with you. It includes working together as a community to make our nation secure.
The nation's goal is to double the number of Neighborhood Crime Watch groups in the country over the next two years. With your intention to start a Neighborhood Crime Watch group, you are taking an important step toward helping to secure our homeland.
Homeland Security is in fact a natural progression for the Crime Prevention Unit at no added cost to the tax payer. Our Crime Prevention Unit's mission in dealing with Homeland Security is to focus resources from throughout our agency and partner with other community agencies to work towards mitigation, prevention, response and recovery from incidents of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Our unit will assist in assessing vulnerabilities in our community.
What can we all do to be more prepared?
BE ALERT! - Spot suspicious packages, luggage, or mail abandoned in a crowded place, like an office building, an airport, a school, or a shopping center.
LISTEN! - If you hear or know of someone who has bragged or talked about plans to harm citizens in violent attacks or who claims membership in a terrorist organization, take it seriously and report it to Law Enforcement immediately!
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