On April 16, 2011, Governor Robert Bentley signed Executive Order 13, directing
organizational realignment of the Fusion Center within the Alabama Department of
Homeland Security (now Alabama Law Enforcement Agency). The executive order indicates the Fusion Center will serve as
the primary entity within this state with the functional responsibility for the
fusion and dissemination of terrorism-related, law enforcement, public safety, and
all hazards information [relating to criminal and terrorist activity].
As indicated in Executive Order 13, the mission of the Fusion Center is to promote
the collection, integration, and evaluation of information that has an effect on
detecting and preventing criminal or terrorist related activity. Additionally, it
will serve as an intergovernmental bridge between federal, state, local and private
entities to promote collaboration and information sharing. In this regard, the Alabama
Fusion Center will assist in enabling law enforcement, public safety, emergency
management, private sector and other partners to mutually aggregate, analyze and
disseminate criminal and terrorist related information.
Stated simply, the Alabama Fusion Center is responsible for gathering tips and suspicious
activity reports, analyzing the information, and providing relevant information
and intelligence to Alabama law enforcement officials, homeland security officials,
first responders, private sector security personnel, and other stakeholders.
It was recently reported that over 80% of the planned terrorist attacks since 9/11
have been stopped as a direct result of citizens who saw something unusual and reported
the suspicious activity to the proper authorities. It’s always appropriate to report
suspicious activity to local law enforcement because they are in the best position
to investigate and take immediate action. When this is not possible, our web site
provides links and information regarding how citizens, private sector security personnel,
first responders and other stakeholders can report suspicious activity.
Please help us prevent both criminal and terrorist activity—if you see something,
Joe B. Davis