Fusion Center Training Overview
This is the one day/8 hour basic course for fusion liaison officers, whether they are called FLOs, TLOs or ILOs, depending on the fusion center they report too. Over many years, with fusion centers trying different methodologies, the most successful, and best practice, has been this one-day classroom approach, providing the mission essential skills and knowledge the FLOs need to be successful. This can be augmented with online training, and shouldn’t be considered a replacement for solid community outreach efforts by the fusion centers that are less formal or time-consuming.
Gap Analysis Workshop
This is a one day workshop or series of workshops that look at the variety of threats (and sometimes opportunities) facing government and larger corporations, or joint activities, then weighs the risks and vulnerability, and develops priorities that are eventually geared towards developing courses of action. It blends tabletop exercise or discussion using various analytical tools, and easily incorporates data from various database systems like Digital Sandbox. For Urban Area Security Initiative grant recipients, DHS has required this kind of rigorous analytical approach in determining where to allocate those funds. The Gap Analysis Workshop follows the standards established by PPD-8, the National Preparedness System (NPS), and the National Preparedness Goal (NPG).
Fusion Intelligence All Hazards Requirements (FIAHR) Workshop
The FIAHR workshop is a comprehensive joint public safety, Fusion Center, and critical infrastructure training workshop that eventually develops tangible “requirements” for the Fusion Centers to support in all hazards disasters, emergencies or catastrophes. It looks before, during and after the events, and includes both man-made (i.e. terrorism, industrial accidents, criminal activity, etc.) and natural events. It includes lecture and tabletop discussions, comparing and prioritizing threats and getting into the decision-making criteria of emergency managers and related public safety officials. It is a methodical approach to all hazards intelligence support, developing collaborative learning, requirements development and interagency/multi-disciplinary consensus on that is needed and could be expected from the Fusion Centers in this area. This workshop is based on CPG 502 requirements.
Fusion Center Development Program (FCDP)
The Fusion Center Development Program (FCDP) is a unique offering by KIPP that incorporates key criteria of Fusion Center baseline requirements along with the essential methodologies to develop an all hazards, all threats and all crimes approach. Like DHS, KIPP uses the components of the intelligence or fusion cycle as distinctly managed areas beginning with a rigorous session dealing with Planning, Development and Requirements (PDR), then building upon that work by addressing Collections, Indications and Warning (CIW). From there, the program moves in Collation, Processing, Analysis and Production (CPAP), and ends the cycle looking at Dissemination, Security and Reevaluation (DSR). For Fusion Centers that are relatively new, or for Fusion Centers feeling the need to differentiate what they provide their customers and stakeholders beyond crime analysis and updates, this is the program that puts teeth behind the DHS and DOJ intent, and instills unique value with your Fusion Center.