Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI)

Bureau of Justice Assistance

  • 22 pages
  • June 11, 2009

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Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI)
•Responds directly to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and to the direction of the National Strategy for Information Sharing (October 2007)
• Purpose: To establish a unified approach at all levels of government to gather, document, process, analyze, and share information about terrorism-related suspicious activities
• The NSI is based on the ISE-SAR Functional Standard
• Ensures that terrorism-related SARs are made available to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and state and major urban area fusion centers
• Integrates state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies’ SAR processes into a nationwide standardized and institutionalized effort

What is a SAR?

•“Official documentation of observed behavior that may be indicative of intelligence gathering or preoperational planning related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit intention”
• SAR process focuses on what law enforcement agencies have been doing for years—gathering information regarding behaviorsand incidentsassociated with crimeand establishing a process whereby information can be shared to detect and prevent criminal activity, including that associated with domestic and international terrorism
• Examples: Surveillance, photography of facilities, testing of security

ISE-SAR Evaluation Environment (EE)

Site implementations accomplished at:

  • Boston, Massachusetts Police Department
  • Chicago, Illinois Police Department
  • DoD Force Protection
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Houston, Texas Police Department
  • Miami-Dade, Florida Police Department
  • New York State Police
  • Virginia State Police
  • Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department

Initiating hardware and software procurement for:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada Metropolitan Police Department
  • Los Angeles, California Police Department
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • eGuardian, (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Additional sites pending implementation:

  • Phoenix, Arizona Police Department
  • Seattle, Washington Police Department

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