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DHS, MBTA launch updated security campaign


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray earlier this week announced an updated version of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) security awareness campaign has been launched with DHS.

The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign was funded by a $1 million grant from the department’s transit security program. It promotes collaboration between state and local agencies to educate the public to be more aware of their surroundings while using public transit and to report suspicious behavior to proper law enforcement authorities, MBTA officials said in a prepared statement.

"Our partners in Boston have long demonstrated their understanding that we each have a role to play in security," Napolitano said during the campaign's launch ceremony on Monday at Boston's South Station.

The MBTA adopted the original campaign in 2003, based on one created by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The revitalized MBTA campaign will feature posters, vehicle car cards and social media avenues such YouTube, Twitter and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's blog to promote the campaign's message.

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