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National Center for Campus Public Safety

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

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 2:00–3:00 PM (ET)
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 1:00 PM (ET)
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In August, we welcome Monte McKee, Phil Ramer, and Jennifer Skinner, senior research associates at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), to present on the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) and the importance of recognizing and reporting suspicious activity to prevent violence targeting educational facilities.

The NSI is a joint collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; fusion centers; and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners that has established a standardized process for identifying and reporting suspicious activity in jurisdictions across the country. Recognizing and conducting SAR is critical to the prevention of violence targeting educational facilities and institutions.

This webinar will inform participants on:

  • Recognizing the suspicious indicators and behaviors that should be reported
  • How and where to make suspicious activity reports
  • Law enforcement procedures that will be followed once a suspicious activity report is generated
  • Privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections established in the NSI     

This beginner level presentation is appropriate to all categories of audiences engaged in education.

Monte McKee Photo

As a senior research associate with IIR, Monte McKee’s (PDF) primary focus is on the NSI. He conducts privacy reviews/audits assignments, leads a national effort to develop a guidance document on threat assessments, and is a seasoned instructor. Prior to joining IIR, Monte served as a member of the Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group at the National Counterterrorism Center representing the interests of state, local, and tribal public safety agencies in the federal intelligence community. He retired from the Indiana State Police with 33 years of experience and has served in several state positions relating to homeland security and information sharing.

Philip Ramer Photo

Phil Ramer (PDF) served more than 30 years with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement before retiring in 2004. He developed and has delivered the SAR Analytic Training Program to more than 40 fusion centers throughout the nation and was the principal author of Findings and Recommendations of the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Support and Implementation Project (PDF) and Final Report: Information Sharing Environment (ISE)—Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Evaluation Environment (PDF), which led to the implementation of the NSI. Currently, Phil is a senior research associate in the Information Sharing Projects Group at IIR where he conducts advanced research, issue identification, analysis, and resolution; develops, coordinates, and reviews documents and outreach products; coordinates and facilitates on-site assistance; serves as a point of contact for project areas; and may supervise project staff to accomplish specific project activities.

Jennifer Skinner Photo

Jennifer Skinner (PDF) is a senior research associate for IIR with extensive experience in a full range of analytical responsibilities, focusing on policy issues related to the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL) in law enforcement and homeland security sharing of information and intelligence. Jennifer is currently a member of the technical assistance team for the NSI. She has substantial experience developing P/CRCL policy guidance, delivering training, and providing technical assistance to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies to help law enforcement understand how to document, analyze, and share information about suspicious activity with a potential nexus to terrorism while protecting P/CRCL.

The following downloadable (PDF) materials serve as additional resources on this topic:




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