What is a Fusion Center?
Since 9/11, enhanced efforts focus on facilitating information exchange among public safety entities. Fusion Centers were developed to address a previous information gap. These fusion centers bring together law enforcement with key public and private sector partners.
A fusion center is defined as a collaborative effort of two or more agencies that provide resources, expertise and/or information to the fusion center with a goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend, and respond to criminal and/or terrorist activity.
Today, there are 78 designated fusion centers in the United States. The designated fusion center in Iowa is the Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center located in the Department of Public Safety.
The mission of the Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center is to lead and coordinate intelligence and homeland security efforts that protect Iowa, while upholding the U.S. Constitution.
View the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center Intelligence Policy on Privacy, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.