3Mission StatementThe Houston Regional Intelligence Service Fusion Center (HRISC) will provide continuous security to the region by gathering, developing and sharing intelligence into the capabilities, intentions, and actions of terrorist groups and individuals which pose a threat to our populace and region.
4SituationThere are numerous police departments in the Greater Houston area that may have intelligence relative to terrorist activities or criminal activities that threaten the health, welfare, and safety of our communities at large.
5SituationA regional criminal intelligence service gathers information and intelligence into other community threats such as organized crime, serial crimes, emerging crimes and trends, and shares that intelligence with all the partners in the service.
6SituationA regional intelligence service surmounts the secret issue that surrounds so much of what the federal government and their terrorist task forces do.
7SituationA regional intelligence service acts as a multiplier of the knowledge, skills and abilities of the participants and the entire Gulf Coast region
8The Regional Intelligence Service The obstacles to a multi-organization intelligence service are the financial cost, personnel commitment, equipment requirements, and the need for the collocation of personnel-usually away from the main police headquarters.
9The Regional Intelligence Service To resolve these issues, we proposed a number of new strategies which minimize cost and maximize personnel usage.
10The Regional Intelligence Service Our model service relies heavily on a technology wherein (ultimately) many of the participants are electronically collocated.
11The Regional Intelligence Service Through the use of secure Internet connections, participating members pass information to the central service center which would compile it, place it on a common electronic site for all to see, and then process it into an intelligence product which is also shared by all.
12The Regional Intelligence Service Additionally, all information gathered (and any intelligence product developed) is also forwarded to the local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) office. This passing of information satisfies our mandate to support the Federal/State/Local JTTF effort.
13The Regional Intelligence Service A contact person from their respective department is responsible for gathering and passing information, for attending a quarterly networking meeting, and to participate as a service member.
14The Regional Intelligence Service A system such as this provides a maximum amount of benefit to a department, and other organizations, for a minimal commitment in personnel and cost
16Benefits of the Service There are several benefits to an intelligence service so constructed:Multiplies information and intelligence yield by increasing area of awareness and number of officers available.Assists smaller departments by providing large department Intelligence services at a low cost; also provides them with wide area awareness.Assists police executives and decision makers with wide-area information awarenessIdentifies threats and emerging threats to the community.
17Benefits of the Service Overcomes secret issues and constraints.Provides training for smaller departments in state of the art intelligence tactics, rules, and analysis.Multiplies knowledge, skills and abilities of all participants.Provides a real time cooperative network of intelligence officers.Promotes regionalism.
18Participating Members Gather information and analyze for intelligence value, providing written intelligence reports when required.Establish and maintain collegial relationships with various federal, state, and local agencies.Coordinate, consolidate, collate, and disseminate incoming reports, information, and other data, which pertain to possible terrorist or criminal activities.
19Participating Members Respond to scenes that have a possible terrorist nexus or are otherwise suspicious in nature.Interview persons who possess or may possess information valuable to the Service for fulfilling our intelligence gathering mission.Maintain information, intelligence products, and files in compliance with guidelines established by 28 CFR Part 23 and established intelligence protocols.
23Data Sets and Software Data Discovery and Organizing Software Coplink i2 Analyst NotebookLEOVisual AnalyticsARCGISSecure Chat-room/Discussion boardGoogle Earth (know thy enemy)NIEM and Global Justice XML implementation planned
24Equipment Digital photography Radiation Detectors Laptop with Wireless BroadbandResponse Vehicles (in progress)GPS (on board and portable)