Story by: Pat Burch, INSTALLATION AT OFFICER
During Antiterrorism Awareness Month, in August, you will see public service announcements and awareness items in public areas that will have an iWATCH banner, and you may wonder what iWATCH is all about.
The iWATCH program is a nationwide modern version of the highly successful Neighborhood Watch Program, designed to encourage and enable people to help protect their communities by identifying and reporting suspicious behavior.
There are two key elements to iWATCH. The passive element is to educate the community to identify suspicious activity and be aware of what is going on around them. The active element is taking action to report suspicious behavior to local law enforcement for further investigation.
Many of the most successful recent investigations began with a telephone call to local police by people like you who saw something suspicious and reported it. The Fort Dix Six investigation, Fort Dix, N.J., began with a telephone call from a video store clerk and ended with the FBI arrest of six terrorist plotters before they could act.
The arrest of Robert Alberg, who planned to manufacture Ricin, a biological agent, began with a telephone call from a clerk at a seed store. The arrest of the Times Square bomber began when a street vendor reported the rapid departure of a man from an SUV parked illegally. All of these attacks could have been deadly had citizens not acted on their suspicions.
The Fort Riley Antiterrorism Office and Fort Riley Police Department need your help in identifying suspicious behavior to prevent a terrorist attack from occurring on our installation.
As a member of our community, we ask if you see suspicious activities to report them immediately to Fort Riley Police, the Installation Antiterrorism Office or the 902nd Military Intelligence. If you live off the installation, contact your local police.
Below are some of the activities that, if observed, should be reported using iWATCH.
• People drawing or measuring important buildings.
• Strangers asking questions about security procedures.
• Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind.
• Vehicles left in no parking zones in front of important buildings.
• Intruders in secure areas where they do not belong.
• Persons wearing clothes too big and too hot for the weather.
• Chemical smells or fumes that seem out of the ordinary for a specific location.
• People asking questions about sensitive information, like building blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules without a need to know.
• People purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons, or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials.
If you see any of the above activities, call the Fort Riley Police at 785-239-6767 (MPMP), installation AT officer at 785-239-6303 or the 902nd MI at 785-239-2268.
You also can submit an iWATCH report at www.riley.army.mil/contactforms/iwatch-reporting-form.aspx?c=ireport. If you feel it is an emergency, call 911.