OCIAC Recognized as a National Model in Congressional Report
A Congressional report released on July 26th identified the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) as a national model for fusion centers due to the strong relationship that exists between law enforcement and fire services.
A fusioncenter is a collaborative effort of two or more agencies that provide resources, expertise, and information to the center with the goal of maximizing their ability to detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity. Fusion centers communicate, cooperate, and coordinate with each other and with the federal government.
OCIAC is a fusion center formed in 2007 on the foundation established by the Orange County Sheriff's Department’s Terrorism Early Warning Group, which operated from 2001 to 2007. Direct responsibility for the overall policy and direction of OCIAC rests with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in close coordination with the Orange County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association.
The mission of OCIAC 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 Majority Staff Report on the National Network of Infusion Centers was submitted by Congressman Michael T. McCaul, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Congressman Peter T. King, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism & Intelligence.