“See Something, Say Somthing” Tips From Sheriff Newell Normand

All week, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, we’ve heard the appeal from law enforcers that if you, “See something, say something.”

So if you see somebody walk up to a crowded area, leave a brief case and walk away, well, that’s probably a no-brainer.  But what should people be watching for that may not be so obvious?

“These days, you never know,” said Christina Aucoin at the opening night of this year’s Lafreniere Live concert series.  The event is the the first big public event in Jefferson Parish since the Boston attack.

Scanning the crowd, we saw the band warming up, people preparing food, a couple posing for a photographer, and a lot of people feeding the birds.

It all looked normal.  Even if something seemed a little off, a person may blow it off rather than bother the sheriff’s department.

“Often times, people feel like they’re bothering us.  They’re not,” said Sheriff Newell Normand.

The sheriff is telling people, yes, the abandoned brief case is worth a looksie.  But Normand takes a wider view of the situation saying any valuables that appear to be intentionally left behind might warrant notifying his office.

“That’s a little odd.  I mean, any time people are leaving something of value behind and just walking away from it,” he said.

Normand also wants people to know that just because they report something, that doesn’t mean helicopters and SWAT teams converge on the area.  He says it’s much more likely that, say someone reports a suspicious person, his deputies or a security worker will simply monitor the situation.

“We’re trained.  Let us get out there in a very short order, and let us deal with it.”