Lieutenant Brian McElhaney
Anaheim Police Department
Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center
For information call (714) 628-3024 or
(714) 628-3001 Fax
The mission of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center is to provide an integrated, multi-disciplined information and intelligence sharing network to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on all criminal risks and safety threats to law enforcement, fire, health, private sector and public sector stakeholders in a timely manner in order to protect the residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure of Orange County.
The Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) was built on the foundation established by the OCSD's Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEWG) from 2001 to 2007, and is an Operational Area asset governed by the Orange County Chiefs and Sheriff's Association (OCCSA). The OCIAC is a proactive multi-agency, multi-discipline collaborative which provides comprehensive analysis, intelligence, timely information sharing, and infrastructure protection.
The Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center is comprised of four units:
- Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit
- Terrorism Liaison Officer Unit
- Analysis Unit
- Intelligence Unit
Reporting Suspicious Activity
The OCIAC should be notified of any incident or information relevant to terrorism, including but not limited to:
- International or domestic terrorism
- Possession of explosives, improvised devices or bomb threats
- Photographs containing suspicious items or activities
- Subjects engaging in a test of existing security measures or security breaches
- Contact with an individual on a terrorism watch list
- Regional crime threats
- Officer safety or threats against government officials
The staff of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 628-3024. The center's website can be accessed at www.ocaic.org. The website contains information on anti-terrorism efforts and also has a link allowing members of the public to contact OCIAC directly with their questions or tips regarding suspected criminal or terrorist-related activity.
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Unit
The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Unit's primary focus is on prevention. It is tasked with identifying locations of criticality and planning multi-agency/discipline prevention, deterrence, mitigation and response efforts. The CIP Unit is comprised of a core group of law enforcement personnel trained in conducting threat vulnerability assessments and implementing the Automated Critical Asset Management System (ACAMS).
The CIP Unit conducts field assessments in an effort to reduce a location's degree of vulnerability. Additionally, the CIP Unit is available to respond with assessment and mitigation information in the event of a natural hazard, criminal attack or terrorist threat for use by pre-incident planners and on-scene Incident Commanders through web-based delivery to provide tactical guidance and insight.
Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Unit
The TLO improves information sharing and communication capability between law enforcement, fire, health, as well as private and public sector partners. All of these partners have representation within the TLO unit.
TLO duties and responsibilities:
- Collects and receives suspicious activity reports from agency TLO's, first responders, and the community
- Hosts monthly regional information sharing meetings for agency TLOs
- Provide threat awareness departmental training, by collecting, retrieving, and sharing of training materials related to terrorism.
- Monthly regional information sharing meeting for agency TLO's
- Dissemination of Homeland Security advisories, intelligence bulletins, threats, indicators and warnings, special bulletins, intelligence briefings, and situational debriefings for law enforcement agency TLO coordinators
- Coordination of training opportunities
- Coordination between the TLO program and the private sector and medical liaison groups
- Identifies community stakeholders and develops private sector relationships with Law Enforcement.
- Provides terrorism-related briefings to key agency personnel.
Fire TLO Program
The purpose of this program is to ensure that fire department first responders throughout the urban area maintain a real-time awareness of terrorist trends, tactics, and procedures.
The program also aims to alert firefighters to the types of suspicious activities that they may encounter that may have a terrorism nexus, and to establish a network for efficient reporting.
- Ensure channels of communication are established and maintained between fire personnel and the OCIAC
- Dissemination of fire agency specific intelligence and forward requests for information
- Serve as the contact person for fire agencies to specific intelligence and the OCIAC
- Assists with training needs or requirements as they relate to terrorism
- Assist in implementing the Fire TLO program within the operational area
- Assist with comprehensive threat assessment
Private Sector Terrorism Response Group
Liaison with local businesses forming an information network with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center and their First Responder partners in the collection and dissemination of actionable intelligence.
Improve virtual reach-back capability for OCIAC in the operational area during time of crisis ensuring access to resources and field intelligence/information.
Partners with public safety to implement interdiction policies and target hardening strategies, striving to ensure a unified, consistent, and coordinated response to terrorism.
Supports implementation of private sector Emergency Response Plans to mitigate severity and degree of potential loss to community, commerce, and industry.
Facilitate bi-monthly meetings for PSTRG membership
Communicate with DHS Private Sector Liaison and counterparts at NYPD Shield, Infragard, HSAC, and JRIC
Provide open source analytical product in PSTRG weekly bulletins to membership
Liaison with local, state and federal governmental health agencies as well as private medical groups, their directors, managers, executives and security personnel in an effort to ensure the local operating area is prepared to respond to terrorist incidents.
- Bio Watch monitoring program
- Health Care Security Network (HSN)
- Strategic National Stockpile
- Master Event Scenario List (MESL)
- Developing Medical TLO program
- Hospital Surge Capacity
The Analysis Unit's primary function is the collection, evaluation, analysis and dissemination of crime and intelligence data while ensuring timely and accurate analytical products are produced and disseminated to information/intelligence consumers at the local, state and federal level. The information collected is processed to support efforts that address immediate and/or emerging threat-related circumstances and events.
Core functions of the Analytical Unit are:
- Investigative support
- Production of tactical and strategic reports
- Development of information and intelligence collection plans
- Production of advisories and bulletins
- Production of threat assessments
- Developing responses to requests for information
- Managing the intelligence database
- Preparation of visual aids such as link charts, maps and statistical graphs
The Intelligence Unit is the primary OCIAC representative on all criminal intelligence matters, as well as coordinating, monitoring and overseeing homeland security related incidents. The Intelligence Unit does not ordinarily perform enforcement activities, but rather is a source of intelligence and investigative assistance for operational units.
Intelligence Unit personnel perform the following functions:
- Initiate proactive homeland security related investigations, including indices queries, deconfliction, surveillance and witness, subject and suspect interviews.
- Conduct assessments and follow up on tips, leads and suspicious activity reports that are submitted or developed.
- Provide on-scene support for incident commanders during homeland security related incidents.
- Conduct threat assessments for special events, dignitary visits, and other activities that may impact the operational area or result in civil disorder.
- Deploy as protective intelligence teams during special events, dignitary visits and as necessary to conduct counter surveillance.
- Gather, analyze, disseminate and maintain criminal intelligence information.
- Maintain communication, information and/or cooperative liaison regarding subversive, militia and extremist activities, as well as civic, labor and community activists/causes that may adversely impact the citizens within the operational area and/or result in civil disorder.
- Establish and maintain sources of information.
- Identify critical infrastructure and key assets, and initiate / recommend vulnerability assessments.
- Maintain liaisons within the public and private sectors.
- Promote homeland security awareness.
- Provide homeland security related assistance to law enforcement agencies at the local, state, federal and international levels.
- Attend and contribute to law enforcement intelligence groups, task forces and law enforcement committees.
OCIAC is currently staffed by personnel from the following agencies:
- Orange County Sheriff's Department
- Irvine Police Department
- Anaheim Police Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- Santa Ana Police Department
- Huntington Beach Police Department
- Orange County Fire Authority