| 19 September 2016
The Department of Homeland Security is actively monitoring and participating in the investigations of the explosions in New York and New Jersey yesterday.
As I do annually for this event, in preparation for the United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week, in June I designated the event a “National Special Security Event.” This means that thousands of DHS personnel, led by the Secret Service, are deployed to New York City for the security of UNGA.
DHS will provide this security for UNGA in partnership with the New York City Police Department, the Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and multiple other federal, state, and local agencies. Any area in New York City associated with UNGA will therefore be subject to an extraordinarily high level of surveillance and security.
I echo New York City officials in reminding the public in the New York City area that If You See Something, Say Something™, and contact the New York City tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Nationwide, as always, the public is encouraged to report suspicious activity and to contact your local law enforcement agency. And, if there is an emergency, call 911.
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