About the Southwest Texas Fusion Center (SWTFC)

On October 31, 2011, the Southwest Texas Fusion Center (SWTFC) was designated a Recognized Major Urban Area Fusion Center by the State of Texas and the Department of Homeland Security. Since that time, the mission of the SWTFC has been to serve as an “all threat and all hazard” for information/intelligence sharing and public safety through a process of collaboration with regional and national partners, balanced and guided by the responsibility to preserve the rights privacy of the citizens we protect. The SWTFC is managed by the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), with functional components that include the following:

  • Tactical Intelligence Operations Center (TIOC) - The TIOC is the “front door” to the SWTFC, where intelligence officers monitor active calls for service, provide real-time tactical support to field personnel during priority and critical incidents; respond to requests for information from local, regional, state and national law enforcement and public safety partners; and gather suspicious activity reporting and threat information from throughout the south Texas region. The TIOC is staffed by SAPD police officers, a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy, and a San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) firefighter, allowing for a broad range of real-time tactical support to public safety personnel and first responders throughout the region.

  • Fusion Support and Analysis - The SWTFC is a regional coordination point for the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative, otherwise known as the NSI. Analysts gather, document, analyze and report on terrorism-related suspicious activity within south Texas. Additionally, analysts support the assessment of local, regional, national and international trends related to Transnational Criminal Organizations, International Terrorism, Domestic Extremism, Violent Street and Prison Gangs, Human Trafficking/Smuggling, Cyber Threats, Financial Crimes and threats to Critical Infrastructure and other Key Resources. This unit is staffed by full-time SAPD crime intelligence analysts and a BCSO crime intelligence analyst. They are supported by part-time personnel from Texas Department of Public Safety, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Northside Independent School District, and San Antonio Independent School District.

  • Field Intelligence and Task Force Officers - SAPD detectives assigned to the SWTFC provide investigative support and outreach to public and private sector on a range of criminal issues, including terrorism. They also support analysts working suspicious activity reports, coordinating with federal partners to evaluate incoming tips and leads. Several detectives are detailed as Task Force Officers (TFO’s), assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI-JTTF) or the Safe Streets Task Force (FBI-SSTF).

SUPPORTING OUR STATE AND NATIONAL FUSION CENTER NETWORK


Fusion centers serve as focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners. Located in states and major urban areas throughout the country, fusion centers are uniquely situated to empower front-line law enforcement, public safety, fire service, emergency response, public health, critical infrastructure protection, and private sector security personnel to lawfully gather and share threat-related information. Fusion centers conduct analysis and facilitate information sharing, assisting law enforcement and homeland security partners in preventing, protecting against, and responding to crime and terrorism. As one of seven fusion centers in Texas, and one of seventy-eight De-partment of Homeland Security (DHS)-designated centers across the United State, the SWTFC is a integral part of the National Network of Fusion Centers.


State and major urban area fusion centers across the U.S., as of June 2014