Delaware State Police encourage "See Something, Say Something"
Delaware State Police (DSP) is encouraging First State residents to “say something” if they “see something.”
The “See Something, Say Something” initiative is about reporting suspicious activity.
“It’s about doing your job to help fight crime. It’s about keeping Delaware safe. I think it’s very important for people to do that,” said DSP Sergeant and public information officer Richard Bratz, who calls the initiative a critical piece of crime prevention.
Bratzsays in many cases citizens are positioned to observe and detect behaviors that may indicate possible or impending violence, and help law enforcement intervene ahead of time.
Delaware has seen its share of violence over the years.
Sgt. Bratzsays the First State has experienced a mass casualty attack and an active shooter event.
“In early 2018 there was a five-victim murder near Prices Corner. Numbers are not available at how mass violence incidents have occured in Delaware. And an active shooter incident happened in April 1997 at the Wilmington Amtrak yard,” Bratz said.
State Police suggests making the following observations when reporting a tip:
- Who did you observe?
- What did you see? (Be specific as possible)
- Where did you see it?
- When did you see it?
- Why is it suspicious?
- If the person is driving a vehicle, provide the vehicle’s license plate, year, make, size and color.
If you wish to remain anonymous, authorities can be reached toll-free on the Anti-Terrorism Tip Line at 1-800-FORCE-12 anytime 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The callers will not be required to identify themselves.