"The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) Program Management Office (PMO) initiated operations in March 2010 with the daunting challenge of ensuring that regardless of where in the country suspicious activity is reported, these potential indicators of terrorist activity can be analyzed and compared to other SAR information nationwide. This type of SAR analysis is at the heart of detecting and deterring a terrorist attack. Law enforcement agencies at all levels of government--state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal--have been collecting reports on suspicious activity, either from concerned citizens or businesses or through their regular duties, for years. The challenge for the NSI has been how to incorporate the informal processes that these agencies have historically used into the standards, policies, and processes developed by the NSI that allow analysts to compare and analyze SAR information from across the country and share this information with the critical law enforcement entities that need it to help prevent terrorist attacks. Community and law enforcement outreach, standardized processes, training, a privacy framework, and enabling technology are the cornerstones for successful implementation of the NSI. Through strong leadership and outreach, the NSI works with key partners at the state, local, tribal, and federal levels of government, as well as advocacy groups, to not only develop the policies and processes of the NSI but also help ensure that Americans' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are protected throughout these processes."
Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) http://nsi.ncirc.gov/