Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) Named Fusion Center of Year by DHS

Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) has been named Fusion Center of the Year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The TFC was singled out among the 72 fusion centers nationwide for its progress in analyzing and sharing terrorism and criminal information among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee at both the tactical and strategic levels.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano presented the award earlier this week at the National Fusion Center Conference in Denver.

Secretary Napolitano also recognized TFC analyst Oxana Munson as State/Local Fusion Center Representative of the Year.

“The dedicated team at the Tennessee Fusion Center analyzes information from various sources and ‘connects the dots’ to prevent potential criminal and terrorist activities in our state,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.

“The recognition this award gives the Fusion Center is well deserved by the individuals who work daily to gather information on incidents across the state and have the ability to link those incidents on the local, state and federal levels,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “The Fusion Center has revolutionized law enforcement in Tennessee.”

Housed in the TBI Headquarters in Nashville, the TFC was created in 2007.

The collaborative effort of the partner agencies provides resources, expertise and information to the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity.

ABOUT THE TFC

The TFC uses intelligence information with an “all crimes” approach.

It provides a central location for the collection and analysis of law enforcement related information and produces a continuous flow of that information to the law enforcement community.

The TFC forecasts and identifies emerging crime trends and gives assistance to law enforcement in criminal investigations.

In addition to the TBI and Tennessee Department of Homeland Security, Tennessee Fusion Center partners include the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Department of Correction, the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, the National Guard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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