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The journey of LAPD's anti-terror Suspicious Activity Reports
The journey of LAPD's anti-terror Suspicious Activity Reports

For years, law enforcement agencies around the U.S. have been urging the public to keep an eye out for all things suspicious — packages, behavior, vehicles. In a post-9/11 world, the thinking goes, we all need to do our part to keep terrorists from striking again by alerting police of anything that seems out of place. "If you see something, say something," say the billboards and subway posters. But if you do see something, how exactly are you supposed to say something? There is, of course, 911 for emergencies. But in Los Angeles, people can also get online and file a Suspicious Activity Report, or a SAR for short. This week the Los Angeles Police Commission's...

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