Fusion Centers

Topics: Federal government of the United States, Law enforcement agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation Pages: 4 (1091 words) Published: April 17, 2013

Cecilia Pina
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“A fusion center is an effective and efficient mechanism to exchange information and intelligence, maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism by merging data from variety of sources.”(1) Let us break this down, fusion is the act of fusing or combining and center is a point or place in which interest focuses.

In other words a fusion center is a single place where the U.S. government collects all kinds of information on just about everyone. That single place they use is a high end database not a warehouse full of file cabinets stuff with paper document. A database is a where the collection of information that can be easily accessed and manipulated on a computer or computers.

The two play a role off of each other, fusion centers and databases. Of course you can have one without the other but it makes it so much simpler to combine the two. Using the fusion center to make it easier as far as knowing where to look up the info and the databases in order to obtain the information you desire to seek, change, add to or delete a quicker process.

You may be asking “What is the purpose of the U.S. government having a fusion center for?” It may not seem like something we need to go to such extremes to keep data on ourselves because we are just a citizen. The U.S. government finds it as a precaution for our safety and allows a better fight against crime and terrorism.

The U.S. government claim to use fusion centers for other reasons; Agriculture, Food, Water, and the Environment, Banking and Finance, Chemical Industry and Hazardous Materials, Criminal Justice, Education, Emergency Services (non-law enforcement), Energy, Government, Health and Public Health Services, Hospitality and Lodging, Information and...

Bibliography: 1: " Fusion Centers and Intelligence Sharing." IT.OJP.GOV Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2012. .
2: "EPIC - Information Fusion Centers and Privacy." EPIC - Electronic Privacy Information Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2012. .
3: German, Mike , and jay stanley. "FUSION CENTER UPDATE." FUSION CENTER UPDATE. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 May 2012.
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