New safety program kicks off in Houston

September 20, 2011 2:09:11 PM PDT
Mayor Annise Parker is joining forces with local and federal officials to kick off a program encouraging area residents to get involved in the effort to keep their communities safe.

Mayor Parker, along with Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, announced on Tuesday the launch of, a regional public awareness campaign where residents can access informative videos, get tips and contact information, as well as submit reports of suspicious activity.

Authorities also are encouraging residents to use a new hotline, 855-I-WATCH4 (855-492-8244), to report suspicious activities.

The initative is part of the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign established by the Department of Homeland Security. Napolitano provides oversight for that program, while Jackson Lee and Mayor Parker oversee the local intiative.