The Alabama Department of Public Safety opened an information center Monday that is designed to receive and disseminate data aimed at combating terrorism and crime, says the Birmingham News. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is establishing such fusion centers across the country. Homeland Security supports the centers “by deploying our intelligence officers to the centers, providing grant funding for their development and operation, connecting networks and systems, and strengthening the relevant communities of interest,” said retired Vice Adm. Roger T. Rufe Jr., director of DHS’s Office of Operations, Coordination and Planning.
The center is housed at DPS. It has merged with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation criminal intelligence center. “We know that information-sharing is critical in fighting terrorism and other criminal activities that victimize the public and undermine our safety and security,” said DPS Director Col. Chris Murphy. “Through the Alabama Fusion Center, we have established a means to capture, analyze and disseminate data that furthers the work of protecting our state.” FBI and Alabama National Guard personnel also staff the center.