Reporting Suspicious Activities for Hospitals

The California State Threat Assessment System is an all hazards Information Sharing partnership of Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies throughout California. The System connects Suspicious Activity Reporting and incidents that may have a possible Terrorism or Homeland Security nexus with law enforcement statewide through a network of interconnected Regional Threat Assessment Centers (RTACs) in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

These Regional Centers are directly connected to the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and provide regional analysis and assessment of events, including patterns and trends, to deter, detect and prevent terrorism in California. Additionally, the State Threat Assessment Center (STAC), also in Sacramento, is a partnership of the California Highway Patrol and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, whose focus is statewide analysis of incidents, trends and patterns to help identify larger threats and protect key and critical infrastructure.

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) programs such as “If You See Something, Say Something” are active across the country and help communities deter crime, violent in­cidents, and in some cases prevent terrorism. The idea is simple, but for first respond­ers/receivers there are particular activities to look for depending on your sector.

The Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) recently released the new online training module “Public Health and Health Care Partners,” developed to teach workers to recognize suspicious behavior associated with pre-incident terrorist activities. The training also discusses civil rights, privacy, and how and when to report suspicious activity. NSI also offers a two-page resource, Suspicious Activity Reporting Indicators and Behaviors

This training module can easily be added to any in-house training for new employees or yearly refresher training for established personnel. The new training module joins others disciplines such as public safety telecommunications, fire/EMS, emergency management, maritime, and more. Those completing the training successfully can print a certificate.

All hospitals should know what suspicious activity is and how it should be reported. All hospitals should also know which threat assessment center they fall under and maintain contact information.