Saturday, May 9, 2009

Dallas PD's Fusion Center Used For Real Police Work

The Dallas Morning News has a good article about Dallas PD's Intelligence Fusion Center. Most fusion centers were born out of fears during the post 9/11 era. There has been some bad press about the fusion center concept as some are concerned about the implications to civil liberties. I do think that many of them are being operated correctly and can be extremely useful for normal police work.
"I think it's one of the critical pieces of the drop because it does allow us to respond quicker to crime issues and better manage information and intelligence throughout the department," Kunkle said. Source: Dallas Morning News
While I don't discount the fact that local police are probably more likely to come into contact with terrorism suspects than federal agents, I think that we can't forget that there are many more every day criminals to deal with. Chief Kunkle is quoted about this:
"It didn't make a lot of sense to spend all this money around a relatively few incidents related to homeland security when you could also use the same methodology and information architecture to support how we identify, respond and distribute information regarding crime," Kunkle said. Source: Dallas Morning News
I think the Chief hit the nail on the head with that comment. Regular criminals are a larger threat to Americans than terrorists. Let's try to apply crime analysis and intelligence techniques to putting bad guys in jail.

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