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In 2007, the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) was designated by the Governor as the state’s Fusion Center and is housed by the Nebraska State Patrol. The mission of the NIAC is to provide an avenue for all state law enforcement agencies and participating private partners to receive, validate, analyze and disseminate intelligence information for all crimes and all hazards. NIAC was formed through the Department of Homeland Security grants and funds re-distributed to the Nebraska State Patrol by the nine Planning Exercise and Training (PET) Regions within the state. The Superintendent's Office of the Nebraska State Patrol committed the Agency’s Intelligence Unit to create the infrastructure needed to move this project forward.

The NIAC Executive Board consists of the Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol and the Police Chiefs from Nebraska’s two largest metropolitan cities, Omaha and Lincoln. Other partners are the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NIAC will be inviting additional partners in the future as the center matures in its ability to coordinate the activities of NIAC analysts in support of all stakeholders.

In September 2007, Manhattan Institute’s Center for Policing Terrorism published a document defining 12 recommendations for establishing a fusion center. These recommendations created the basis for the development of the NIAC policies and procedures currently being formalized for the center.  One very important policy being developed is the privacy policy which will protect the security of the information held at the NIAC. At the same time this policy will ensure that the privacy of the citizens NIAC serves is equally protected. A fully mature NIAC will strive to meet all of the Department of Homeland Securities “Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers.”

 The NIAC enables the Nebraska State Patrol to provide yet another dimension of service to the citizens it serves. An example of a dimension of service is the Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) tool, which will provide citizens and law enforcement officers the ability to report significant incidents they may encounter in their daily lives to the NIAC.  This information will immediately be forwarded to the appropriate intelligence group for further analysis and dissemination. The SAR’s tool will be a smart part of a larger software solution intended to link the intelligence units of the participating agencies into a single source of information for all law enforcements agencies across the state.

Contact the NIAC via email at NEfusioncenter@nebraska.gov