Philadelphia Fusion Update


Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

  • Meghan Treber, Special Assistant to the Governor, Emergency Preparedness
  • 21 pages
  • October 1, 2009


• Fusion Centers funded through HSGP following 9/11 as a means to collect, analyze and disseminate data from wide-array of sources

• 9/11 Commission recommendation

• DHS priority area

• Common intelligence picture




• Local Intelligence Gathering

Fusion Center – a collaborative effort of two or more agencies that provide resources, expertise, and/or information to the Center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity. Evolving quickly to All Crimes, All Threat, All Hazards approach throughout Fusion Centers.


Compile, blend, analyze, and disseminate information of various types

Support efforts to anticipate, identify and prevent criminal or terrorist activity

• The Fusion Center is a dedicated system for the purpose of gathering, validating, analyzing, and disseminating information that will
improve the overall preparedness and safety of the citizens and assets of Pennsylvania.

The mission and purpose of the Fusion Center is to provide a centralized, comprehensive, multi-discipline, information and intelligence sharing statewide enterprise capable of fusing all hazards information to produce indicators, identify threats, and issue warnings to enhance the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the entities involved in prevention, preparedness, response, and
recovery activities.


• Fully operational from 0900 to 1700 Monday through Friday, with on-call analysts after hours and on weekends

• Three sections: Threat Analysis, Early Warning Alerts, and Requests for Information (RFIs)/Case Support

• All-hazards approach to the intelligence cycle

• Focus on public safety, counterterrorism, criminal interdiction, public health threats, officer or public safety threats, natural disasters, and any other dangers the Fusion Center governance board determines important and within its stated mission

Fusion Liaison Officer Program

• Strengthen information sharing and enhance multi-jurisdictional partnerships

• Provide a platform of local representatives to share information related to local and global terrorist and criminal threats and potential incidents

• Create an expansive statewide network of personnel by combining local emergency responders and linking them to federal and state assets

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