FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Florida Law Enforcement Urge Public to be Vigilant
The Jacksonville Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies across North Florida, urge the public to remain vigilant of their surroundings.
We are not currently aware of any specific or credible threats directed at the state of Florida; however we are asking the public to watch for unusual behaviors and situations and encouraging them to promptly report details that could help law enforcement better ensure the safety of others. This information could include who, when, and where suspicious activity is taking place, as well as why it is suspicious.
Over the holiday, the FBI Jacksonville Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) will continue 24/7 command post operations. The JTTF is a team of highly trained specialists from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who monitor and exchange information regarding possible terrorism activity throughout the North Florida area.
In an effort to better engage and protect the public, the entities mentioned above are promoting the DHS “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, which was created following the terror attacks on 9/11 to raise public awareness of the indicators of terrorism-related crime. The campaign serves to remind the public of their critical role in keeping our nation safe.
“The public should not be afraid this holiday, but we are asking them to be engaged and aware of what is happening around them at all times,” says Michelle S. Klimt, special agent in charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “Terrorists today are using social media to target vulnerable followers who, despite limited resources, can orchestrate and carry out attacks with minimal training and time. Our number one priority is protecting the United States from terrorism and identifying the possibility of homegrown extremists living in our own backyards will require everyone to be vigilant of their surroundings.”
Individuals who wish to report suspicious activity in the state of Florida can call the toll-free hotline 1-855-FLA-SAFE (1-855-352-7233), the FBI Jacksonville Field Office at (904) 248-7000, or contact local law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.
For more information, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something.