Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) for

Public Health and Health Care Partners

The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI)

has developed SAR awareness training for key non-law enforcement constituencies, or “hometown security partners,” who are important to the SAR effort. The everyday duties and responsibilities of public health and health care professionals place them in a unique position to observe suspicious activity that, when viewed within the context, facts, and circumstances, may indicate preoperational planning of a terrorist-related incident. This awareness training is designed to assist public health and health care professionals in understanding their critical role as homeland security partners; recognizing what kinds of suspicious behaviors are associated with pre-incident terrorism activities; understanding how and where to report suspicious activity; protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties; and ensuring compliance with applicable patient confidentiality laws. The integration of public health and health care professionals into the SAR process and the information sharing activities of state and local fusion centers will benefit the collective homeland security effort by enhancing the preparedness of public health and health care organizations across the country, while supporting the prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts of all homeland security partners.

What is Suspicious Activity for Public Health and Health Care Partners Training?

The Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Public Health and Health Care Partners Training was developed to assist public health and health care personnel in recognizing what kinds of suspicious behaviors are associated with pre-incident terrorism activities, understanding how and where to report suspicious activity, and protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties when documenting information. This training also provides information about integrating the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) into your organization’s operations.

On-site Public Health and Health Care Partners Training

In this two (2) hour course Public Safety Communication personnel are trained to recognize behaviors and incidents that may indicate criminal activity associated with terrorism. Their routine duties position them to observe and report possible suspicious behaviors and activities that has a potential nexus to terrorism. Within this course participants will also receive the NSI-SAR Public Safety Telecommunications Training Certification that focuses on the critical role they have in the effective implementation of the Suspicious Activities Reporting (SAR) process by identifying and documenting suspicious activity.

For health care facilities / hospitals that employees security or public safety officers please go to our Law Enforcement/Security Professional section for NSI- Line Officer Training (Version 2), NSI- Private Sector Security Training or Behavior Threat Detection (BTD) courses for additional training opportunities