News release - If You See Something, Say Something® campaign

    12/07/21 - 12/07/26


    December 7, 2021

    Canada joins an international campaign inviting the public to report suspicious activity that may constitute a national security threat



    OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) today announced that the association is launching the If You See Something, Say Something® public awareness campaign to increase knowledge of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime.

    Originally implemented and trademarked by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Canada is now joining a number of other countries in raising awareness of suspicious activity that may constitute a national security threat. The campaign encourages vigilance and emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper law enforcement authorities or security officials.

    Threats to national security can come in many forms and early identification is possible. From individuals showing unusual interest in people, buildings, security features or surrounding areas, to breaches,  attempted intrusion, tampering, and more, if something seems wrong … it just might be.

    “Canadians can be valuable allies in the fight against violent extremism,” stated Assistant Commissioner Mark Flynn, co-chair of the CACP’s Counter-Terrorism and National Security Committee. “They are most familiar with their surroundings and know best what fits into their daily routine and, more importantly, what does not.“

    The presence of any single behaviour does not constitute a national security threat or other serious criminal activity. However, a cluster of behaviours may indicate suspicious activity worthy of in-depth examination. An occurrence may seem unimportant, but together, combined with other incident information, could be indicative of a greater threat. When an incident occurs or intelligence is received regarding a potential threat, early reporting to law enforcement is key to ensuring a timely response.

    “By knowing what to look for and what to do with the information, Canadians and law enforcement can work together to make a difference in ensuring the safety and security of all Canadians,” added Acting Deputy Chief Myron Demkiw, co-chair of the CACP’s Counter-terrorism and National Security Committee.


    For further information or to arrange a media interview, please contact:
    Natalie Wright | Communications Advisor | communications@cacp.ca | 613.838.8807

    For additional information about the campaign or to access campaign materials, please visit the CACP website.

    The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police was established in 1905 and represents approximately 1,300 police leaders from federal, First Nations, provincial, regional and municipal, transportation and military police services across Canada.  The Association is dedicated to supporting police professionals through innovative and inclusive police leadership to advance the safety and security of all Canadians.