Regular citizens have a key role in protecting the nation against potential terrorist attacks. That’s the message of the Los Angeles Police Department’s iWATCH, iREPORT, i KEEP US SAFE program (“iWATCH” for short).
The community awareness program—including a PSA and a community training video—was created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism.
“It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department,” LAPD says on the iWATCH Website. “We can and must work together to prevent terrorist attacks.”
The 7-minute community training video features high production value, dramatic law enforcement and terrorism-related footage, and powerful content such as the sound of heartbeats. It points to suspicious activities, like a shady attempted purchase of ammonium nitrate.
Its point echoes that of the Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism video released recently by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Colorado authorities at the Center for Empowered Living & Learning (CELL), a terrorism-awareness entity in Denver.
While that video features quarterback John Elway and dramatizes a series of suspicious behaviors (surveillance, tests of security, etc.), the iWATCH PSA video takes a different tack with intense close-ups of an ethnically diverse series of Angelinos talking about their shared commitment to security. The faces in that video appear to nearly leap out at the viewer; in some cases the range of focus is so tight that noses are in focus while the ears on the same face are out of focus.
The examples of behaviors and activities to report, according the iWATCH site, are similar to those in the “8 Signs” video: people drawing or measuring important buildings, strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures, and suspicious vehicles or packages.
“Remember that the iWATCH program is about behaviors and activities, not individuals,” the site says.
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