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Effective SAR (Suspicious Activity Report) Writing

December 11, 2019  |  11 am – 12 pm ET  (New York)  |  CAMS Credit: 1
December 12, 2019  |  2 pm – 3 pm GMT (London)  |  CAMS Credit: 1
December 13, 2019  |  8 am – 9 am SGT (Singapore)  |  CAMS Credit: 1


This webinar addresses effective Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) writing in the context of the SAR’s ultimate purpose: to assist law enforcement in investigation and subsequent prosecution of criminal activity.

After an introductory discussion of how submitted SAR data is reviewed and stored, Laurie Kelly, CAMS will present detailed recommendations for constructing an effective SAR narrative. She will also review the appropriate use of SAR form checkboxes, the SAR attachment feature, and the distinction between “new” and “continuing activity” SARs.

Finally, Laurie will introduce the concept of SAR case reports as an effective tool in case management as well as providing valuable detailed information to law enforcement upon request.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how SARs are processed, read and used by law enforcement
  • Understand the key concepts in writing a SAR narrative that captures the attention of law enforcement readers and FinCEN database queries
  • Know when to use the SAR attachment feature
  • Know how to use SAR form checkboxes correctly
  • Understand the difference between “new” and a “continuing activity” SAR types
  • Understand the value of the SAR case report both for internal case management and as a detailed information source for law enforcement

Note 1: Participation in accredited courses does not substitute the requirement to earn (12) ACAMS credits through ACAMS produced training for CAMS recertification.
Note 2: CaseWare RCM will provide attendees with a certificate of participation which includes the number of credits being awarded for the course.
Note 3: ACAMS does not add credits for non-ACAMS produced events to member profiles. Attendees should provide their certificate of participation for certification or recertification purposes.

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