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Homeland Security Components

  • Office of Intelligence and Analysis

State and Local Fusion Centers

Many states and larger cities have created state and local fusion centers to share information and intelligence within their jurisdictions as well as with the federal government.  The Department, through the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, provides personnel with operational and intelligence skills to the fusion centers.  This support is tailored to the unique needs of the locality and serves to:

  • help the classified and unclassified information flow,
  • provide expertise,
  • coordinate with local law enforcement and other agencies, and
  • provide local awareness and access.

As of March 2008, there were 58 fusion centers around the country. The Department has deployed 23 officers as of March 2008 and plans to have 35 professionals deployed by the end of FY 2008. The Department has provided more than $254 million from FY 2004-2007 to state and local governments to support the centers. 

The Homeland Security Data Network (HSDN), which allows the federal government to move information and intelligence to the states at the Secret level, is deployed at 19 fusion centers.  Through HSDN, fusion center staff can access the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), a classified portal of the most current terrorism-related information.

The Department has deployed intelligence officers to state fusion centers in:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Washington

The Department has also deployed support to fusion centers in New York City, Los Angeles and the Dallas region.

This page was last reviewed/modified on October 14, 2008.