Video: N.J. Office of Homeland Security Brings Hometown Security Initiative to Camden County


CAMDEN, N.J. – In the wake of several terror attacks in New York and New Jersey in the last few weeks, The New Jersey Department of Homeland Security has begun teaching a security initiative to communities across the state.
Camden County residents and business owners were invited to attend the public forum at Malandra Hall on Thursday to better understand what to do if they find themselves in a dangerous situation. The idea is that homeland security starts with hometown security.
“We’ve seen a movement away from the large-scale threat environment to a more localized threat environment. So we’re trying to bring the key resource of information to our local communities," said Eric Tysarcyk, Director of Policy & Planning at New Jersey Office of Homeland Security.
Captain Al Handy of the county’s police department highlighted some practices that are helping the department.
“We have up to 150 cameras throughout the city of Camden, monitoring real time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s been a great asset when it comes to just fighting crime or looking for suspicious activity," said Capt. Handy.
However, the theme of the day was apparent - if you see something, say something. Officials implore residents to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
“I can’t stress enough, if you see something, say something, call 911 and let the responders handle the package," said Camden County Freeholder Jonathan L. Young Sr.
This forum comes right after recent bombings in North Jersey and Manhattan. And the hope is those in attendance will leave with the information they need to help them handle any situation.
“Most important piece of information is that there are resources at the state that they can utilize, that are free. That’ll help them better prepare for what may occur and what we’ve seen in the past," said Tysarcyk.
The New Jersey Department of Homeland Security is planning to continue these forums throughout the state.