The 2014-15 school year will see Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) become one of the first public school systems taking part in the “If You See Something, Say Something” security program.
This program asks anyone observing suspicious activity related to Loudoun’s schools to contact a trusted adult or call one of two tip lines (703-777-1021 or 877-482-8477). Those calling these numbers will be asked five questions:
- What did you observe? Be specific.
- Who did you see?
- When did you see it?
- Where did this occur?
- Why is it suspicious?
Trusted adults who may be contacted with concerns include teachers, administrators, school resource officers, secretaries, custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.
Posters asking students, staff and those using LCPS facilities to report suspicious activity will be on display in schools.
“If You See Something, Say Something,” is initiated by the federal Department of Homeland Security. LCPS is partnering with the Virginia State Police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police Department, Middleburg Police Department and Purcellville Police Department in raising the awareness of suspicious activity and behavior in schools.
This program is designed to report only suspicious behavior and situations, such as unattended backpacks or someone trying to break into school property. LCPS respects the privacy and civil liberties of those who attend and use its schools. Only reports that document activity that appears to be criminal or related to terrorism will be shared with the Department of Homeland Security.
“If You See Something, Say Something” was adapted by the Department of Homeland Security from the New York City Transit System. The program was developed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The program was expanded to schools in 2012 in an effort to stop violent school-related incidents.