• Access an extensive array of databases through a single contact point.
  • Receive bulletins with intelligence and advance warnings regarding possible terrorist and criminal incidents.
  • Save manpower and investigative steps.  Both sworn and civilian personnel with knowledge and expertise in a variety of designated areas of responsibility are available at a fusion center to assist law enforcement agencies around the clock.  These experienced and knowledgeable people access a centrally located pool of investigative resources to provide both analytical services and general case support.
  • Share a technology standard that enhances the ability of different computer systems to “talk.”  Fusion centers promote a unified standard for information technology systems.
  • Access intelligence information from public safety entities and private sector organizations.  Nontraditional collectors of intelligence possess important information (e.g., risk assessments and Suspicious Activity Reports) that can be “fused” with law enforcement data to provide meaningful information and intelligence about threats and criminal activity.  Fusion centers combine efforts with these nontraditional sources.
  • Embrace proactive intelligence efforts.  Those efforts are key to inhibiting criminal networks, whether those groups are terrorists, drug-related groups, organized crime, or other criminal enterprises.