CHA News Article

New Training Emphasizes Suspicious Activity Reporting for First Responders

Suspicious activity reporting (SAR) programs such as “If You See Something, Say Something” are active across the country and help communities deter crime and violent in­cidents. In some cases, they also help to prevent terrorism, and for first respond­ers/receivers there are specific activities to be aware of. To help health care providers recognize suspicious behavior associated with pre-incident terrorist activities, the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) recently released a new online training module, “Public Health and Health Care Partners.” The training discusses civil rights, privacy, and how and when to report suspicious activity. In addition, NSI offers a two-page resource, Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) for Public Health and Healthcare Partners

The new training module can easily be added to any in-house training for new employees or as a yearly refresher training for established personnel. The module also encompasses others disciplines —such as public safety, telecommunications, fire/EMS, emergency management, maritime — and provides a certificate of training completion.

All hospitals should know what suspicious activity is and how it should be reported, as well as which threat assessment center they fall under and who to contact. A copy of California’s threat assessment/fusion centers and more information can be found on the CHA preparedness website at