Suspicious Activity Reporting Public Safety Telecommunications Training Information
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Posted by: Chris Nussman
Domestic and international terrorism plots did not end with 9/11—in fact, they continue to grow and threaten the United States, its citizens, and its critical infrastructure. Reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement provides leads to further investigations and helps prevent crime, including terrorism.
In the course of their daily duties and responsibilities, public safety telecommunications professionals may receive information during their interactions with the public regarding suspicious activity that could be an indicator of a terrorist attack or other criminal activity. This online training video was developed to assist public safety telecommunications professionals in:
- 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 when reporting or documenting information.
Public safety telecommunications professionals can incorporate this video into their training programs for current or newly hired public safety telecommunications personnel.
Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI)
This training was developed by the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), a partnership of agencies at all levels that provides law enforcement with another tool to combat crime and terrorism. The NSI has established a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing terrorism-related SARs. Visit the NSI Web site at http://nsi.ncirc.gov
for resources to assist agencies in developing and increasing the effectiveness of their SAR processes and counterterrorism activities.
Hometown Security Partners
The Suspicious Activity Reporting Public Safety Telecommunications Training is one in a series of
trainings developed by the NSI. In addition to providing training for the law enforcement community, the NSI has developed this SAR awareness training for partners with similar missions, or "hometown security partners.” These partners include:
- Public safety telecommunications professionals (e.g., 9-1-1 operators)
- Fire and emergency medical services professionals
- Emergency managers
- Corrections and probation and parole officers
- Private sector security personnel and those charged with protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure
The Suspicious Activity Reporting Public Safety Telecommunications Training is provided at no cost to public safety telecommunications professionals by visiting the NSI Web site. The training is also available through a number of APCO International’s training courses at no additional cost.