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Institute for Homeland Security

Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative

Free Online Training for Law Enforcement

The NSI training strategy is a multifaceted approach designed to increase the effectiveness of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and public safety professionals and other frontline partners in identifying, reporting, evaluating, and sharing pre-incident terrorism indicators to prevent acts of terrorism. To increase the effectiveness of this multifaceted approach, the NSI has developed training programs for frontline officers and hometown security partners regarding documented and verified behaviors and indicators that, when viewed in the context of all known facts and circumstances, may indicate terrorism-related criminal activity. Both the SAR Line Officer Training and each sector-specific SAR Hometown Security Partners Training discuss how to report identified suspicious activity to the proper authorities while maintaining the protection of citizens' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

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Homeland Protection Professional Certifications

The lines separating the responsibilities of emergency response disciplines were blurred after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. To address these newly melded responsibilities, the profession of Homeland Security was created. Ten years later, there is a recognized need for responders from all disciplines, to include both public sector responders and private sector security professionals to have the knowledge, skills and abilities that allow them to participate in Homeland Protection related activities. 
 
Homeland Protection activities are common to both the public and private sector and include prevention, preparedness, protection, mitigation, response and recovery from, “all hazards” including terrorism.
Employers must know that their employees and prospective employees have demonstrated competency in the area of Homeland Protection. 
 

Certified Homeland Protection Professional

The Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) designation was established to ensure that an individual who possesses the designation has the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to be considered a professional in the area of homeland protection.
 
Those who hold the Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) designation are prepared to help their organizations prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from all hazards. They have demonstrated competency, knowledge, skills and abilities in the blended discipline area of Homeland Protection and have completed a rigorous qualification and testing program. Homeland Protection Professionals must have a predetermined blend of experience and education, show completed course work in the knowledge areas required by the Certification Board and take an online course and pass the Homeland Protection Professional test.
 
Requirements
All Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) applicants must possess the following requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • At least 21 years of age
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military (for U.S. Veterans only)
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Four (4) years of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
    • Or: Associates Degree and at least 3 years of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
    • Or: Bachelor’s Degree and at least 2 years of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
    • Or: Master’s Degree and 1 year of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
  • Course work in the knowledge areas as approved by the Certification review committee or pass the Online Certified Homeland Protection Professional Course with a minimum score of 80%.  NSA Course Certificates, NDPCI Certificates, FEMA and DHS Course Certificates in the knowledge areas will be automatically accepted.
 

Certified Homeland Protection Associate

Those who hold the Certified Homeland Protection Associate (CHPA) designation have demonstrated that through course work and testing, they are prepared to begin a career in the area of Homeland Security. CHPA candidates must be current students or have graduated from an accredited college or university. They must have completed course work in predetermined areas relating to Homeland Protection which are determined by the Certification Board, and take an online course and pass the Homeland Protection Associate test.
 
Requirements
All Certified Homeland Protection Associates (CHPA) applicants must possess the following requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • At least 20 years of age
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military (for U.S. Veterans only)
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Current Student enrolled at an accredited College or University or a Graduate of an accredited College or University.
  • Nine hours of course work in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Security Management, Criminal Justice, and/or Fire Science as approved by the Certification review committee. NSA Course Certificates and NDPCI Certificates in the knowledge areas will be automatically accepted.