As the threat landscape continues to evolve, the National Threat Evaluation and Reporting (NTER) Program empowers our homeland security partners to adapt to the evolving threat landscape and prevent terrorism and targeted violence . The NTER Program equips homeland security partners with tools and resources to identify and mitigate threats of terrorism and targeted violence to keep the Homeland safe.
The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) is a joint collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners. This initiative provides law enforcement with another tool to help prevent terrorism and other related criminal activity by establishing a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing SAR information.
The NSI is a standardized process—including stakeholder outreach, privacy protections, training, and technology assistance—for identifying and reporting suspicious activity in jurisdictions across the country and also serves as the unified focal point for sharing SAR information.
DHS serves as the lead for NSI program management and training.
To access NSI resources, please navigate to https://www.dhs.gov/nsi
The success of the NSI depends on robust partnerships and collaboration with homeland security partners across all levels of government as well as the private sector. NTER provides guidance and support to agencies aiming to improve their processes for identifying, evaluating, and reporting tips and leads linked to homeland security threats.
Suspicious Activity Reporting – Points-Of-Contact Program
The SAR Points-of-Contact (POC) Program provides information sharing and best practices to a cadre of SAR practitioners from across the National Fusion Center Network. Through the SAR POC Program, the NTER Program provides sustained and ad-hoc technical assistance services to bolster SAR operations within Fusion Centers and to promote greater collaboration and information exchange across SAR programs.
The NSI training strategy is designed to increase the effectiveness of state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement and public safety professionals and other frontline partners in identifying, reporting, evaluating, and sharing pre-incident terrorism indicators to prevent acts of terrorism.
- SAR Training and Resources for Law Enforcement and Hometown Security Partners - Brief online training videos for partners who may observe suspicious activity in the course of their duties.
- SAR Fundamentals and Processes eLearning - Four-module virtual training for investigators and analysts who review, vet, investigate, and analyze SAR. *Law Enforcement Sensitive
- Public-Facing SAR Fundamentals and Processes eLearning - Virtual training for public and private sector partners
To access public facing SAR trainings, please navigate to www.dhs.gov/nationwide-sar-initiative-nsi/online-sar-training
As the threat environment continues to evolve, the NTER Program assists Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial (F/SLTT) and Private Sector partners in adapting processes for identifying and mitigating homeland security threats of targeted violence, regardless of motive. The NTER Program opens the aperture on threat identification and reporting by integrating a behavioral approach for all threats of targeted violence. Through training, information sharing, and program support, NTER assists homeland partners with integrating a behavioral approach to targeted violence prevention.
The NTER Master Trainer Program (MTP) certifies Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (F/SLTT) partners in the instruction of Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM) techniques and best practices. This train-the-trainer program prepares Certified Master Trainers to empower their local communities and organizations to mitigate threats and prevent acts of targeted violence.
The national network of Certified Master Trainers has access to key BTAM resources, including certification, training, continuing education, and program support. Master Trainer candidates begin the certification process by attending the Instructor-Development Threat Evaluation and Reporting Course (ID-TERC).
Instructor Development Threat Evaluation and Reporting Course
The Instructor Development Threat Evaluation and Reporting Course (ID-TERC), is a four-day in-person, or five-day virtual, training exclusively available for those accepted into the MTP. This course prepares Master Trainer candidates to utilize a four-step model - identify, investigate, assess, and manage - to teach BTAM best practices to partners in their communities and organizations.
NTER reimburses eligible Master Trainer Candidates for all costs associated with the ID-TERC, including lodging, per diem, and other travel expenses.
Below is a list of our upcoming course offerings:
- June 6-9, 2022 – New Jersey (Registration Closed)
- July 21-22 & 25-27, 2022 – Virtual (Registration Closed)
- Sep. 13-16, 2022 – New Hampshire
To begin the application process, please contact the NTER Program Management Office at NTER.MTP@hq.dhs.gov.
Please Note: To be considered for enrollment in an iteration of the ID-TERC, an applicant must be a current employee of a F/SLTT agency and have a minimum of two years’ experience in a field related to public safety and homeland security.
NTER equips homeland security partners with tools and resources to bolster the identification and mitigation of threats or behaviors that may concern others to further enhance our partner’s capabilities to keep the Homeland safe from the emerging threat of targeted violence.
Quarterly Bulletins and Webinars
NTER shares information to F/SLTT and Private Sector partners on current trends in targeted violence and behavioral threat assessment and management. NTER produces Quarterly Bulletins and Webinars designed to share research developments and resources to examine threats of targeted violence and terrorism. These bulletins and webinars bring together experts and research from a wide variety of disciplines to provide operational awareness of emerging trends and topics in BTAM, targeted violence, and violence prevention.
You can locate past versions of the bulletin in the Resources section.
Through consultation, site visits, and facilitating connections to expert practitioners in threat assessment, NTER provides assistance and support to public agencies and organizations aiming to improve their processes for identifying, investigating, assessing, and managing potential threats of targeted violence. NTER conducts proactive outreach to a broad network of key stakeholders to provide the most impactful and up-to-date information and support.
If you are interested in these information sharing and program support resources, please contact the NTER Program Management Office at NTER.MTP@hq.dhs.gov.
 The definition of targeted violence, according to the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis: An unlawful act of violence dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources, in which actors or groups intentionally target a discernible population of individuals or venue in a manner that poses a threat to homeland security, based on: an apparent terrorist motive indicated by the population or venue targeted, or by the particular means of violence employed; the significance of actual or potential impacts to the Nation’s economic security, public health, or public safety, or to the minimal operations of the economy and government; or the severity and magnitude of the violence or harm and impact of either upon the capabilities of state and local governments to effectively respond without federal assistance.