FUSION LIAISON OFFICER (FLO) PROGRAMWhy Become a FLO?
The purpose of the SWTFC’s FLO program is to increase the cooperation and exchange of information and intelligence between the SWTFC and local agencies throughout the region. FLO’s will have a vital role in the SWTFC’s ability to collect and disseminate criminal and threat information and intelligence. Agencies with and without existing formal intelligence capabilities will enhance their tactical and strategic intelligence capabilities by placing trained FLO’s on the street with the capacity to recognize threat indicators and report suspicious activity within their agency and to SWTFC. A FLO, though not necessarily an expert in terrorism, attends meetings and receives terrorism training, information, and intelligence from the local fusion center, online resources, and other entities engaged in homeland security initiatives. The FLO then educates others within his or her agency, thereby enhancing situational awareness, early warning, and operational readiness.
|Who Can Become a FLO Partner?
Law Enforcement (sworn or civilian) | Fire/EMS | Private Sector Security
Benefits of Becoming a FLO Partner
- Receive FLO training
- Access to FLO materials and resources
- SWTFC bulletins via e-mail
- Ability to connect with other TLO partners
How to Become a FLO Partner
- Must first register to become a SWTFC partner
- Then register for 8-hour Basic FLO training (TCOLE Certified)
- Attend periodic FLO workshops, training or roll-calls (may be virtual or in person) to receive updates on regional and national trends, and situational awareness
Roles and Responsibilities of a FLO
Planning and Direction
- Communicate information, trends and significant events to the SWTFC
- Provide home agency personnel with SWTFC standing and priority information needs (SINs and PINs)
- Provide information regarding any home agency SINs and PINs to SWTFC
Collection and Dissemination
- Facilitate collection of tips and leads or suspicious activity reports (SARs)
- Collect threat information from agency incidents and case reporting
- Provide collected information to the SWTFC for further analysis
- Disseminate information and intelligence products from the SWTFC to home agencies
- Adhere to appropriate privacy, civil rights and civil liberties requirements
- Provide briefings to home agency colleagues and leadership about the SWTFC mission
- Inform home agency colleagues and leadership about suspicious activity reporting and the FLO program, including success stories, and pro-gram and threat briefings
- Conduct outreach about SARs to public and private sector stakeholders within their home agency jurisdiction
- Collect user input and feedback
- Provide feedback to SWTFC personnel for further evaluation of SWTFC products and processes
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