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CPG 502 Considerations for Fusion Centers and EOC Coordination

The fusion process is a cornerstone for the effective prevention of threats, including terrorism and other crimes, by State, local, tribal, and territorial governments. The term “fusion” refers to the overarching process of managing the flow of information and intelligence across all levels and sectors of government and the private sector. It goes beyond establishing an information/intelligence center or creating a computer network. Many fusion centers have undertaken an all-crimes and/or all-hazards approach, as well as the inclusion of multi-disciplinary and non-law enforcement partners in their processes. Ultimately, the fusion process supports the implementation of risk-based, information-driven prevention, protection, response and recovery programs. At the same time, it supports efforts to address immediate or emerging threat-related circumstances and events.