PA Region 13 Fusion Center



The PA Region 13 Task Force Fusion Center has been developed in response to the threat of terrorism in our country; it will serve as a focal point for the receipt, gathering, analysis, and sharing of threat-related information between Federal, private sector, and State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) partners.

Supported by the National Strategy for Information Sharing, the PA Region 13 Task Force Fusion Center will enhance information and intelligence exchange across agency borders.  It will provide situational awareness and understanding of local implications of national intelligence to prevent, protect against, and respond to All-Hazard events.



We will build a national environment that enables the sharing of essential homeland security information. We must build a ‘system of systems’ that can provide the right information to the right people at all times. Information will be shared ‘horizontally’ across each level of government and ‘vertically’ among federal, state, and local governments; private industry; and citizens.

Source: The President’s National Strategy for Homeland Security

Every Fusion Center must adhere to these 18 guidelines:

1.  The NCISP and Intelligence and Fusion Processes

Adhere to the tenets contained in the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP) and other sector-specific information sharing plans, and perform all steps of the intelligence and fusion processes.


2.  Mission Statement and Goals

Collaboratively develop and embrace a mission statement, and identify goals for the fusion center.3.  Create a representative governance structure taht includes law enforcement, public safety and the private sector.


3. Governance

Create a representative governance structure that includes law enforcement, public safety, and the private sector.


4.  Collaboration

Create a collaborative environment for the sharing of intelligence and information among local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, public safety agencies, and the private sector.


5.   Memorandum of Understanding (MOU and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Utilize MOUs, NDAs, or other types of agency agreements, as appropriate.


6. Database Resources 

Leverage the databases, systems, and networks available via participating entities to maximize information sharing.


7.  Interconnectivity

Create an environment in which participants seamlessly communicate by leveraging existing systems and those currently under development, and allow for future connectivity to other local, state, tribal, and federal systems. Use the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Global Justice Extensible Markup Language (XML) Data Model and the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) standards for future database and network development, and consider utilizing the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM) for enterprise development.


8.  Privacy and Civil Liberties

Develop, publish, and adhere to a privacy and civil liberties policy.


9.  Security

Ensure appropriate security measures are in place for the facility, data, and personnel.


10. Facility, Location, and Physical Infrastructure

Integrate technology, systems, and people.


11. Human Resources

Achieve a diversified representation of personnel based on the needs and functions of the center.


12. Training of Center Personnel

Ensure personnel are properly trained.


13. Multidisciplinary Awareness and Education

Provide a multitiered awareness and educational program to implement intelligence-led policing and the development and sharing of information.


14. Intelligence Services

Offer a variety of intelligence services and products to customers.

Baseline Capabilities For State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers


The Baseline Capabilities Are in Two Sections:


I. Fusion Process Capabilities

These capabilities outline those standards necessary to perform the steps of the Intelligence Process within a fusion center.
These areas are:

A. Planning and Requirements Development
B. Information Gathering/Collection and Recognition of Indicators and Warnings
C. Processing and Collation of Information
D. Intelligence Analysis and Production
E. Intelligence/Information Dissemination
F. Reevaluation


II. Management and Administrative Capabilities

These capabilities enable the proper management and functioning of a fusion center.
These areas are:

A. Management/Governance
B. Information Privacy Protections
C. Security
D. Personnel and Training
E. Information Technology/Communications Infrastructure,Systems, Equipment, Facility, and Physical Infrastructure
F. Funding

The National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Program


The NCISP was developed after the attacks of September 11, 2001 as a formal initiative by law enforcement agencies to correct the inadequacies and barriers that hinder intelligence and information sharing.





The Intelligence Process