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IMA Webinar Broadcast: Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR)

August 8, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am PDT

The objective of this course is to instruct and advise attendees on how and when to submit Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR). Instruction will work through the Nationwide SAR Cycle to assist with a description of the trained attendee’s role in suspicious activity reporting. Training will examine available resources, tools, and methods for submitting SARs, examine the observable behaviors that should be reported as SARs, identify the essential information to include in a SAR, and examine the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberty guidelines for SAR reporting. Furthermore, some examples and testing of attendees knowledge on what is considered a SAR reportable incident vs an immediate emergent situation that requires calling emergency services (911). A section on how to write an appropriate SAR (key elements such as who, what, where, when and photographic and or video documentation guidelines) will also be covered.

1. What is the definition of a SAR?
2. SAR statistics (local and national)
3. Privacy, Civil Rights and Civil Liberty considerations and guidelines.
4. The role of law enforcement and fusion centers in the SAR process
5. Background on the NSI (National Suspicious Activity Reporting) initiative.
6. Where do SAR reports go?
7. Key elements of reportable suspicious activities (indicators and behaviors)
8. Examples of indicators and behaviors (breach, misrepresentation, sabotage, etc.)
9. Who can submit a SAR?
10. The difference between when to call 911 vs submitting a SAR
11. How to write a SAR (private sector)
12. Where to submit a SAR (local: Fusion center, FBI, LAPD, LASD / Domestic: Fusion center or local agency)
13. Case studies of SAR’s from the private sector
14. DHS: The Power of Hello – De-escalation

Who Can Attend:
Open to anyone.

Target Audience:
Target audience are Critical Infrastructure Protection and Key Resource (CIKR) Partners, InfraGard members, Telecommunication Operators, Crime Analysts, Criminal Intelligence Analysts and Fusion Center partners and law enforcement.