WHAT IS THE INCIDENT REPORTING FORM (IRF)?
The IRF is a standardized online form the public can use to report threats, incidents, or suspicious activity related to Jewish organizations, facilities, or community members.
The IRF is a key component of the partnership that exists between JFed Security, LLC of New Jersey and Delaware and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the official safety and security organization for the Jewish community in North America. The use of the form ensures a coordinated, best-practice approach to incident reporting and follow-up.
WHY IS THE IRF NECESSARY?
The Jewish community is facing the most complex and dynamic threat environment in modern history. Each year, SCN receives reports of or identifies a record number of threats. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, nearly two-thirds of religiously motivated hate crimes in the U.S. target the Jewish community. Consistent and coordinated reporting of threats, incidents, and suspicious activity is a critical part of the security shield SCN is working with Federations and other partners to build over the Jewish community in North America.
HOW WAS THE IRF DEVELOPED?
The IRF was developed following an extensive review of suspicious activity reporting forms, and coordination with security professionals and partners in law enforcement and homeland security.
WHAT INFORMATION CAN BE REPORTED THROUGH THE IRF?
The IRF can be used to report:
• In-person assaults or threats
• Suspicious persons or activity
• Property damage or vandalism
• Threatening or suspicious phone calls, text messages, or social media
• Suspicious packages or letters
• Spam and phishing emails
• Antisemitic or threatening flyers
• Other incidents of concern to the Jewish community
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE INFORMATION REPORTED THROUGH THE IRF?
Information submitted through the form will go directly to JFed Security, LLC of New Jersey and Delaware. A copy will also go to the 24-hour Duty Desk in SCN’s National Jewish Security Operations Command Center, where it is reviewed by intelligence analysts using best practices. The SCN Duty Desk will be available to assist and support the locally or regionally based security professional, and the Federation, including determining what people or facilities may be at risk while protecting the civil liberties of all parties. Credible threats are referred to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and Jewish facility leaders as needed.
CAN INFORMATION BE REPORTED ANONYMOUSLY?
Yes. Although information can be reported anonymously, contact information is very helpful to analysts or law enforcement officers to ask for additional information or clarification.
DOES THE FORM REPLACE BEING ABLE TO CALL OR EMAIL A LOCAL SECURITY PROFESSIONAL?
No. The Incident Reporting Form does not replace the ability for anyone to contact JFed Security, LLC of New Jersey and Delaware directly by calling 856-673-2500, or call the Duty Desk at 844-SCN-DESK. The new form provides an enhanced ability to support the security professional with a 24/7 capability, allows the security professional to collect specific information, and for SCN’s national team to ensure information is properly passed to key federal partners.
WHAT OTHER TYPES OF ONLINE REPORTING DOES SCN PROVIDE?
The IRF is also available on SCN’s website at securecommunitynetwork.org for threats, incidents, or suspicious activity in areas not served by Federations that use the IRF. SCN partners with Hillel International and ADL to provide ReportCampusHate.org for concerns related to colleges and universities, and partners with the Orthodox Union to provide OU.org/ReportHate for concerns related to the Orthodox Jewish community.
HOW ELSE CAN THREATS, INCIDENTS, OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY BE REPORTED IF ONLINE REPORTING IS NOT AVAILABLE?
In an emergency, always call 9-1-1 first. If online reporting is not practical, follow established protocols to report suspicious activity – to include contacting local law enforcement and/or the relevant suspicious activity reporting authority – and contact the JFed Security, LLC of New Jersey and Delaware by calling 856-673-2500.