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What is the St. Louis Fusion Center:Terrorism Early Warning Group and why it is needed?

The St. Louis Fusion Center: Terrorism Early Warning Group (formerly the St. Louis Terrorism Early Warning Group) is a public safety partnership consisting of law enforcement, fire/emergency medical, public health, and emergency management agencies, and private sector areas that could be a target of terrorism.  As a regional intelligence fusion center, it provides a multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary approach to the collection, analysis and dissemination of information used to detect, defend against, or respond to acts of terrorism. Additionally, the St. Louis Fusion Center (STLFC) works with government and private organizations to identify and protect the region's critical infrastructure and key resources through the implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).  This public/private partnership is committed to sharing and protecting information in order to enhance the near and long term preparedness capabilities of the St. Louis area.

Intelligence and information sharing are the cornerstones of terrorism detection and prevention, and regional intelligence capabilities are essential to this effort.  The concept of the fusion center evolved to address the need for a more complete regional intelligence picture.  The St. Louis Fusion Center functions as a conduit for responsible communication between federal, state and local public safety agencies, as well as concerned private sector entities.

Who Should Participate?

St. Louis area professionals (such as law enforcement officials, fire/emergency medical personnel, emergency management employees, public health administrators, corporate security, etc.) with a responsibility to detect, defend against, or respond to any acts of terrorism are encouraged to become a St. Louis Fusion Center liaison by choosing the appropriate link on the left hand side of this website.

Why Become a Partner?

The mission of the St. Louis Fusion Center: Terrorism Early Warning Group is to provide a better, more complete form of information sharing, not just between law enforcement agencies, but across the entire public safety and business community, where there is a responsibility to defend against terrorist acts.  Efficient information sharing and information protection processes based on mutually beneficial, trusted relationships help to ensure implementation of effective, coordinated and integrated critical infrastructure protective programs and activities.  The fusion center network approach provides mechanisms, using information protection protocols as required, to support the development and sharing of strategic and specific threat assessments, threat warnings, incident reports, all-hazards impact assessments, and best practices. This intelligence and information sharing approach allows partners to assess risks, allocate resources and make continuous improvements to the community's protective measures.  Partners also benefit through valuable training hosted by the fusion center on a variety of subjects relating to homeland security and risk mitigation.

Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights Concerns

The St. Louis Fusion Center: Terrorism Early Warning Group places great consideration on issues of privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights when gathering, receiving, evaluating, analyzing, and/or disseminating any information and/or intelligence data. For more information on the fusion center's role in safeguarding privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights, please review the St. Louis Fusion Center - Terrorism Early Warning Group Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights Policy. Any questions regarding this policy should be sent to info@sltew.orgPolicies for the L-P-R-D and S-M-R-T systems administered by the STLFC are subject to the Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights Policy and are available upon request sent to info@sltew.org.

See Something Say Something

The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) establishes standardized processes and policies that provide the capability for local, state, tribal, territorial, campus, and federal law enforcement to share timely, relevant Suspicious Activity Reports while working to ensure that privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are protected. Fusion centers serve as focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information among local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal partners. They produce actionable intelligence for dissemination, which can aid other law enforcement organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), in their investigative operations.

To report suspicious activity to the St. Louis Fusion Center, please click the link on the left hand column of this webpage.

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The St. Louis Fusion Center: Terrorism Early Warning Group is an information sharing initiative owned and operated by the  St. Louis Fusion Center. 
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