Comprehensive Training in Identifying Suspicious BehaviorEvery day, in the course of their duties, law enforcement officers observe suspicious behaviors and receive reports from concerned civilians, private security, and other government agencies. Previously, this information was generally stored at the local precinct and shared only within the agency as part of an incident reporting system. Now, through the standards, policies, and processes of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT), and federal law enforcement are able to share timely, relevant information about suspicious activity while working to ensure that privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are protected.
It is vitally important that law enforcement agencies conduct SAR training with all law enforcement personnel, including supervisors, and also document the number of those trained. Officers, chiefs, sheriffs, training officials, and other executives should integrate SAR training into initial and recurring training curricula.
One of the largest undertakings of the NSI Program Management Office (NSI PMO) has been outreach to all 18,000 law enforcement agencies to help ensure that all front line officers are trained on how to identify and report those behaviors that are potentially indicative of terrorist or other criminal activity. To date, the NSI PMO has recorded almost 250,000 line officers who have received the NSI Line Officer Training. While this is an impressive accomplishment, the NSI PMO is still pushing to reach all 800,000 officers. This is even more important now that the NSI PMO has recently released a new suite of SAR awareness training for other key non-law enforcement constituencies, or “hometown security partners.” These partners include:
- Fire and emergency medical service personnel
- Call takers (e.g., 911 operators)
- Emergency managers
- Corrections, probation, and parole officers
- Private sector security and those charged with protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure
All of the training videos are currently offered online, at no cost, by visiting http://nsi.ncirc.gov/training_online.aspx. When officers use this link to take the training, it will automatically record the training statistics, making it unnecessary for any extra recording or reporting of training numbers to the NSI PMO. For more information on these training deliveries, or for any other information on the NSI, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.514.0617.
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