Accomplishments for Core Goal #2 Intelligence/Information Sharing
Intelligence and Information Sharing
Consistent with the foundation of Governor O’Malley’s homeland security policy, that the homeland security mission must be integrated into the daily operations of departments and agencies, intelligence and information sharing at the state fusion center has been shifted from “terrorism only” to “all crimes.” Following are key projects and accomplishments:
- In 2007, the MCAC broadened its focus from “terrorism only” to “all crimes” to better assist local law enforcement and protect Maryland residents.
- Created a “hub and spoke” model with three Regional Information Centers to feed information from local law enforcement agencies to the State’s intelligence fusion center. In 2008, the MCAC created three Regional Information Centers (RICs) on the Eastern Shore, Western, and Southern Maryland regions to provide a closer working relationship with local law enforcement and focus on regional and local public safety issues and concerns.
- Beginning in 2008, the MCAC has doubled and maintained the number of personnel at Maryland’s intelligence fusion center, with 33 different state, local, and federal agencies now represented. Since 2008, the MCAC has had approximately 87 law enforcement officers and analysts from 33 state, local, and federal agencies on-site, including 11 analysts from the Maryland State Police Homeland Security and Intelligence Division. This level of law enforcement agency representation makes the MCAC one of the largest and most diverse intelligence fusion centers in the nation. Additionally, the MCAC has renovated their existing space to eliminate cubicles to enable better information sharing between analysts.
- Producing a Daily Shooting Report on statewide homicides and shootings for law enforcement leadership throughout the State. This report includes incident narratives and updates, victim and suspect intelligence, and total YTD figures for homicides, female and juvenile victims, total shooting victims, and aggravated assault victims.
- The Majority Staff Report on the National Network of Fusion Centers, issued by the House Committee on Homeland Security in July 2013 cited the MCAC as a best practice example for their regional partnerships in Suspicious Activity Reporting. The report highlighted the regional partnership of the four fusion centers covering the National Capital Region (NCR) – the Virginia Fusion Center, Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center, Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center, and the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center – to publish a monthly SAR awareness report for the entire NCR.
- Starting in 2013, the MCAC began producing Fire/EMS/Emergency Management Monthly Information Sharing Bulletins that are distributed to entities across the region that are outside of the law enforcement community, such as the fire, emergency medical services, and public health sectors.
- The MCAC began producing and sharing mapping tools for the MCAC intelligence analysts and other state and local law enforcement agencies, including gang maps, critical infrastructure maps, suspicious activity reports, and other criminal data analysis. The MCAC added several on-site GIS analysts to provide mapping resources as needed to the intelligence analysts.
- The MCAC’s Watch Division serves as the 24/7 arm of the MCAC and provides assistance to local law enforcement. The Watch Division is staffed by detailed officers from State and local law police departments and responds to all TIPS line calls, which often include Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and Requests for Services (RFSs) from local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies. In 2013 the MCAC processed 13,507 Requests for Service (RFS) from 224 different federal, state and local agencies. In addition, the MCAC received 428 Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR’s) and reviewed 4,084 pass through documents for any MD nexus. The Watch Division also disseminates multiple types of law enforcement alerts and notifications – Be-On-the-Look-Out (BOLO) notices, Amber and Silver alerts, DHS intelligence reports, etc. – through its distribution lists.
- Deployed 408 License Plate Readers (LPR) to 65 state and local law enforcement throughout Maryland, including more than 102 fixed LPR cameras that monitor key critical infrastructure facilities and major transportation routes. Together these fixed units scanned more than 133 million vehicle license plates between March 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014. License Plate Readers provide law enforcement agencies with real-time information on wanted or missing persons, stolen vehicles, and other criminal or terrorist-related intelligence. In addition, historical LPR data can help law enforcement with protecting the public and investigating crimes.
- 3/19/12 - New Video on Homeland Security Goal
- 9/11/11 - Statement from Governor Martin O’Malley on the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks
- 9/9/11 - A More Resilient Maryland: 12 Core Capacities for Homeland Security
- 9/1/11 - Governor O'Malley Tours Maryland Transit Administration Police Monitoring Facility
- 8/30/11 - Statement from Governor Martin O’Malley on Current Status of Power Outages
- Maryland's Strategic Goals & Objectives for Homeland Security
- Community Resilience Task Force Final Report (2011)
- Countering Violent Extremism (2010)
- James Lee Witt Report on Emergency Management and Homeland Security in Maryland - Phase I
- James Lee Witt Report on Emergency Management and Homeland Security in Maryland - Phase II
- Maryland Maritime Strategic Security Plan