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Fusion Liaison Officer
2/15/2020 9:51:55 PM
Resource Category
Law Enforcement Operations
Primary Core Capability
Intelligence and Information Sharing
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) serves as the conduit for the flow of homeland security and crime-related information between the field and a fusion center for assessment and analysis
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: The NIMS Type 1 FLO serves as the FLO Coordinator and: 1. Facilitates information exchange between FLOs and the fusion center 2. Manages the FLO program for a fusion center 3. Supervises and recruits FLOs within a particular area of responsibility 4. Conducts FLO training 5. Organizes regular FLO meetings
Type 2The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 FLO can be from a wide variety of disciplines, may have various titles, such as Terrorism Liaison Officer, Intelligence Liaison Officer, or Field Intelligence Officer and: 1. Provides the fusion center with subject matter expertise 2. Supports outreach, awareness, and training efforts
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Successful completion of specific training that the Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) has approved for FLO Coordinators, Managers, or Supervisors 2. Successful completion of at least 16 hours of a training program that the AHJ has approved and that includes specialized topics or subjects that are of particular relevance to the fusion center or geographic region
Type 2Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction Completion of at least eight additional hours of training on the following courses: 1. Online Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Training for Law Enforcement and Hometown Security Partners 2. Overview of current domestic and international terrorism threats 3. Overview of the intelligence cycle 4. Overview of fusion centers and associated reporting, analysis, and dissemination processes 5. Familiarity with the Nationwide SAR Initiative and the “If You See Something, Say Something” public awareness campaign 6. Available intelligence databases, systems, and portals 7. Overview of federal partner agencies/entities, including the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Intelligence Groups (FIG), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Centers, and the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) 8. Privacy line officer training 9. Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information (PII) 10. First Amendment-protected events training 11. Training on 28 CFR Part 23 Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies 12. Handling documents with sensitive or classified information, 13. Processes to submit requests for information 14. Local, state, regional, and Federal privacy laws and policies 15. Cultural awareness and community outreach and engagement
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Experience: 1. Managing a network of FLOs across a specific jurisdiction, to include oversight of tracking methods to assist with managing FLO activities 2. Recruiting, training, and marketing a network of FLOs across a specific jurisdiction
Type 2Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Working knowledge of fusion center concepts, intelligence and fusion cycles, criminal and terrorist trends, indicators and warnings, information collection and dissemination restrictions, and privacy protections and policies 2. Collects information from home agency sources and obtains information from the fusion center for distribution to specific agency contacts 3. Knowledge of home agency policies, mission, and purpose 4. Fulfills roles and responsibilities associated with the FLO program 5. Identifies and reports indicators associated with the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) effort 6. Understands legal, privacy, ethical, and security issues relating to the sharing and safeguarding of information and intelligence
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Moderate
CurrencyProvider must carry out and use any background checks as applicable law specifies. This may include a background check completed within past 12 months; sex-offender registry check; and a local, state, and a local, state, and national criminal history.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every two years 2. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires 3. Completion of a Non-Disclosure Agreement as the AHJ determines
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1AHJ endorsement as a FLO Coordinator
Type 2Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
Specify any request for a security clearance and indicate the desired level of clearance
Identify requests for specific subject matter expertise when ordering (such as expertise on a specific threat, sector, or discipline)
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Law Enforcement Bulletin, Terrorism Liaison Officer Training, January 2013
United States Department of Homeland Security and United States Department of Justice, Fusion Process Technical Assistance Program and Services, National Fusion Liaison Officer Program Workshop After-Action Report, August 2012
United States Department of Homeland Security and United States Department of Justice, Establishing a Fusion Liaison Officer Program: Development and Implementation Considerations, August 2010
United States Department of Justice, 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 23, Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies
United States Department of Homeland Security, Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) Coordinator Best Practices Specialized Analytic Seminar After-Action Report, April 2017