When it comes to being first, West Virginia University finished at the top, being the first organization in the state to join the “if you see something, say something” campaign.
The campaign, adopted by the federal Department of Homeland Security following the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, debuts on the heels of the season's first football game Sat. 6 with posters, public announcements on campus and being displayed via social media outlets.
Also featured in the campaign are UPD's bomb-sniffing dogs Bella and Ginger. The Department of Homeland Security says the campaign is an effective way to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and urges those with suspicions to call 866.WVWATCH (866.989.2824), where callers can remain anonymous.
Originally, the campaign was used by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which since then has licensed the use of the slogan to DHS for anti-terrorism and anti-terrorism crime-related efforts.
"This is just one more tool for us to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus – students, faculty, staff, visiting fans – that is our top priority," University Police Chief Bob Roberts said in a press release. "We're participating not because we have any reason to believe that the campus is in any way a target, but we want to take every precaution to ensure that the unthinkable does not happen."