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What is a Fusion Center?

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Nick Howard

on 31 March 2014

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Idaho Criminal Intelligence Center
What is a Fusion Center?
A Fusion Center is a collaborative effort of two of more agencies who provide resources, expertise, and/or information to the Center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend, and respond to criminal and terrorism activity.

Where is [IC]² located?
The Fusion Center is housed in the ISP District Three Investigation/Patrol building # 9 on the ISP headquarters complex
Hours of Operation are Monday- Friday 7:00 am–5:00 pm
After hours services for urgent requests are available 24/7 by contacting Sgt. Neth (cell 208-559-2387)
Privacy Civil Right/Civil Liberties Protections
Federal approved privacy policy, annually approved
Requests through [IC]2 are of a criminal nexus and vetted to comply with P-CR/CL
All analysts are 28 CFR Part 23 certified
Ongoing privacy civil rights civil liberties training
Privacy officer/oversight through the Attorney Generals office.
What services are offered?
Requests for Information (RFI)
Requests for Services (RFS)
FLO Program Coordination & Training
Domestic Highway Enforcement Seizure Reporting
[IC]² Background
Several agencies located in the Treasure Valley came together in February 2008 to discuss the concept of a Fusion Center. These agencies included (not complete):
Ada County Sheriff's Office
Boise Police Department
Idaho Department of Corrections
Idaho National Guard
Nampa Police Department
Where are we now?
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) finalized 2009
Ada County SO, ATF, Boise PD, BSU, Canyon County SO, Coeur D’Alene PD, DHS, FBI, ISP, Idaho Department of Corrections, Idaho National Guard Counter Drug Program, Nampa PD, Pocatello PD have analysts working at or with the Idaho Criminal Intelligence Center – [IC]²
COPLINK - Software to allow access to participating agencies records management systems through a single log-on
RMIN – RISSafe Watch Center
Hummingbird – Facial Recognition Program
DHE Interdiction Reporting
Fusion Center Purpose
Primary Goal – Information exchange to promote state wide sharing related to criminal activity, terrorism and other law enforcement related significant events
Primary fusion center contact for FBI & DHS information sharing
Provide interstate connection
Statewide scope
Promote regionalization
Provide training and analytical support to agencies
[IC]² Mission Statement
“The mission of the Idaho Criminal Intelligence Center [IC]² is to protect citizens and critical infrastructures of Idaho by enhancing the coordination and communication of information among local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to maximize the goal of improving law enforcement, first responder, citizens and community safety. This mission will be accomplished by integrating, analyzing, producing, and disseminating actionable criminal intelligence in combating terrorism through an all crimes approach.”
Fusion Center Overview
Currently there are 78 federally recognized fusion centers in the United States
Currently has 1 or more fusion center
No fusion center

Fusion Center Overview
"Fusion: Turning information and intelligence into actionable knowledge" (Global Fusion Center Guidelines)
Local, Tribal, State
Law Enforcement
Government Officials
and First Responders
Private Sector
Other State
Fusion Centers
Department of
Homeland Security
Department of Defense
ISP, Local LE Agencies,
National Guard, FBI, DHS
Terrorism &
Criminal Information
Force Protection
Terrorism &
Criminal Information
Information Sharing
Types of Requests for Information (RFI)
Homeland security-related information
Law enforcement inquiries
Driver's license photos (Nationwide)
State contacts
Federal contacts
Significant event information
Premium Open Source Databases
Types of Requests for Services (RFS)
Case de-confliction
Graphics - maps, charts, time lines, etc.
Be On the Lookout (BOLO's)
Phone toll analysis
Link Charts
Photo Line-ups
Hummingbird Facial Recognition (pending policy approval)
IC]² also push intelligence products out to the law enforcement community as needed
What services are offered? (cont.)
Analyst/FLO Training
Several analyst classes brought to Idaho
FLO trainings delivered 2012-2013 in Coeur D’Alene, Pocatello and Boise:
To date Idaho’s FLO program has put on 6 basic classes and 2 two-day intermediate classes.
We currently have 202 FLO's trained at the basic level and another 95 trained at the intermediate level. The vast majority of our FLO's come from law enforcement but we also have them trained in fire, corrections, Port of Entry inspectors, detention, probation and parole and from the private sector.
Suspicious Activity Reporting (NSI)
A suspicious activity report (SAR) is used to document any reported or observed activity or any criminal act or attempted act that an officer believes may reveal a nexus to foreign or domestic terrorism.
SARs are vetted at the fusion center and then passed into the FBI national database.
Sergeant Dave Neth
Idaho State Police
(208) 884-7111 Office
(208) 559-2387 Cell

Idaho Criminal Intelligence
Center – [IC]²
(208) 846-7676
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