iWATCH and Operation TIPP - What To Look For
If terrorists have demonstrated anything, it is innovation and creativity in devising ways to attack. There is no one plan of assault they are likely to use, but rather a wide range of possible methods that could be used. Terrorists almost always rely on the element of surprise, in an attempt to catch their targets off guard.
Operation TIPP tries to take away that element of surprise by educating and empowering the business community and others in knowing how to spot suspicious activity that may be related to terrorism.
The Metropolitan Police Department has identified more than four dozen separate industries and services that terrorists could potentially target. All of them have legitimate materials, equipment or services that could be misused by terrorists plotting an attack.
For each industry or service, the MPDC has identified a number of very specific activities that may be of concern to law enforcement. Through Operation TIPP, the MPDC is making this information available to individual businesses within the identified industry or service groups. This is accomplished through customized mailings to businesses, as well as coordination with major business and industry groups in the region. As a follow-up to the initial distribution of materials, the MPDC is dispatching Distribution Information Teams to meet with individual businesses and organizations, to go over the materials and answer questions.
Finally, the Department is reminding all business owners, supervisors and employees on how to describe and report suspicious persons and vehicles.