U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Government Website

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Safely connect using HTTPS

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative

Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative

SAR Fundamentals Training

NEW DHS-FBI Resource

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.

The National Threat Evaluation and Reporting (NTER) Program Office serves as the lead for NSI program management and training.

NSI Training Suite

This new, one-hour long training provides an interactive overview of the NSI. It also provides users an understanding of the evaluation process used to determine whether identified behavior adheres to the Information Sharing Environment (ISE)-SAR Functional Standard criteria, in accordance with privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections.

NTER is currently refreshing the online SAR trainings and updating content to reflect the current threat landscape. The current trainings will remain active until the refreshed versions of the trainings are ready to be released.

NSI Outreach, Program Support, and Technical Assistance

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.

Last Updated: 09/29/2023
Was this page helpful?
This page was not helpful because the content