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Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Process Implementation Checklist

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20 pages

This document provides a detailed checklist for the steps for developing an internal Suspicious Activity Reporting process aims to aid agencies in their crime prevention efforts and assist with successfully incorporating state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies into the nationwide SAR process.


This checklist is a companion document to the Findings and Recommendations of the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Support and Implementation Project; it provides a simple checklist for chief executives and senior leadership to implement a SAR process within their agencies. The document begins with an explanation of the SAR cycle, and Checklist items include: the need for leadership to recognize the importance of implementing a SAR process; identifying existing SAR processes and determining which ones need to be developed; incorporating national guidelines into standard operating procedures; implementing an agency privacy policy; training all agency personnel on the SAR process; institutionalizing the SAR process within the agency; educating the community on the SAR process; partnering with others and connecting to information sharing networks; Information Sharing Environment (ISE) shared SAR solutions; benefits of establishing or enhancing a SAR process; and SAR additional resources.