The Dept. of Homeland Security has just blogged the details of a security incident that took place late last month in Colorado, highlighting the key role played by the state’s fusion center. The incident itself was an attempted bombing at a bookstore mall, but of equal interest is the relatively detailed description of how the information-sharing aspects worked in this case.
In apprehending a suspect in this incident, the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) played a central role in analyzing and sharing information between the Lakewood Police Dept. (which received the initial call for service), the Colorado State Patrol (whose trooper arrested the bombing suspect later the same day) and the FBI, which activated the local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Although the DHS blog doesn’t say exactly where the mall is located, Lakewood PD, Colorado State Patrol and the CIAC are within blocks of each other in Lakewood, a close-in suburb of Denver.
A description of the incident, and the CIAC’s role in it, can be found here.
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