Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI)

Bureau of Justice Assistance

  • 22 pages
  • June 11, 2009


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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