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Police chief encourages participation in national campaign to combat terrorism

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Neighbors of the San Bernardino shooters said they saw strange activity at their home, but were reluctant to call about it.

If you suspect something, what should you look for, when do you call, and who do you call?

Donald Pussehl is the Saginaw Township police chief.

He said everyone in Mid-Michigan should take part in the national campaign “See Something Say Something.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative is simple: it takes a community to protect a community.

The campaign’s goal is to reduce terrorism by encouraging people to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood to local authorities.

"Maybe it's a person that seems to be lurking about and or they see them several times taking notes or watching something or some building in particular, maybe taking photographs even," Pussehl said. "That would be suspicious you don't see that happening every day."

Pussehl said every tip they receive is investigated. When it comes to preventing a mass shooting or terrorist attack, no stone should be left unturned.

"We encourage citizens to call because that little piece of information they may have may be the piece that we need to put the entire puzzle together," Pussehl said.

If it is an emergency, contact law enforcement through 911. Otherwise, use a non-emergency phone number.

The initiative's website offers tips on providing law enforcement information on suspicious activity.

  • Describe specifically what you observed, including: 
    • Who or what you saw
    • When you saw it
    • Where it occurred
    • Why it's suspicious

The site also notes factors like race, ethnicity and/or religious affiliation are not suspicious. Suspicious activity is only behavior or situations, not appearance.

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