What is NIAC?
WHAT IS A FUSION CENTER? A fusion center is a collaborative effort of state and federal agencies working in partnership with local partners to share resources, expertise, and/or information to better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach. The multidisciplinary approach of a fusion center increases the awareness of potential threats and enhances what has traditionally been a law enforcement mission. There are many agencies making valuable contributions to the mission of public safety, including the public and private sector communities. Law enforcement can’t be everywhere all the time so they rely on citizens to report crime and suspicious activity to local law enforcement agencies. Some of these citizen reports may be valuable to a fusion center that is examining these reports for common trends. For example multiple reports of people taking pictures of a large dam or asking questions regarding the security measures at a nuclear facility. Nebraska Fusion Center is named the Nebraska Information Analysis Center or NIAC.WHAT IS THE NEBRASKA INFORMATION ANALYSIS CENTER (NIAC)?
Background: The Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) is a statewide fusion center that was established in 2007 by a directive from the Governor of Nebraska. Its primary purpose is to ensure the safety of Nebraska Citizens by providing analytical support to Nebraska’s 93 counties and be an information conduit from the Federal Government to local agencies. An Executive Board consisting of the Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, Chief of the Lincoln Police Department, Chief of the Omaha Police Department, and the Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Omaha Office provides guidance. NIAC collects, analyzes, produces and disseminates intelligence and information to support statewide efforts to detect, deter, and disrupt criminal activity. Currently, intelligence & information officers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Nebraska State Patrol are assigned to and participate in NIAC activities. NIAC cooperates directly with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Attorney General’s Office, Corrections, Crime Commission, Health and Human Services, Motor Vehicles, law enforcement, fire services, and emergency managers, across the state.
NIAC’s Mission: Collect, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate information and intelligence data regarding criminal and terrorist activity to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, other Fusion Centers and to the public and private entities as appropriate.