With Southern California believed to be a primary terrorist target, the Los
Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other local, state and federal
authorities took a pivotal step July 27 toward safeguarding the public with
the introduction of the first regional intelligence center in the nation.
The Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC), located in
Norwalk, is designed to identify and address terrorism threats and other
criminal activity. Through an intelligence-sharing collaborative of more
than 200 law enforcement agencies, JRIC personnel will support intelligence
gathering and analysis.
“Common interests produce common security,” Chief William J. Bratton said.
“JRIC provides for the common security of the Los Angeles area by giving all
of its partners access to the same intelligence. We will all benefit from
collective analyses done here and from the ability to quickly share that
Chief Bratton believes Los Angeles JRIC will be a national model for
At JRIC, teams of investigators—comprised of LAPD officers, Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s (LASD) deputies, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
agents, and other public safety proponents—will respond to leads and reports
of suspicious activities potentially leading to terrorist events.
JRIC personnel will process and analyze leads more effectively at the
centralized facility, minimizing duplication and circular reporting.
Additionally, by combining available resources personnel will be better able
to identify patterns and trends and produce relevant assessments for use by
appropriate government agencies.
"This is truly a partnership that has come together at just the right time,”
Chief Bratton added. "In this area of the country, we have some of the top
terrorist targets. Through this partnership, we are building on the spirit
of cooperation between law enforcement agencies.”
By collecting, converting and disseminating intelligence, the Los Angeles
JRIC aims to prevent terrorist attack and combat crime in the Central
District of California. The seven-county region is made up of Los Angeles,
Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Luis
JRIC’s opening coincided with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s
announcement that an unspecified number of its personnel will be embedded at
four fusion centers. Fusion centers are state and local anti-terrorism
hubs, such as Los Angeles JRIC. Other fusion centers include facilities in
New York City; Reisterstown, Md; and Baton Rouge, La.
Los Angeles JRIC is one of four regional centers in California. The others
are located in Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego. JRIC founding
agencies include the LAPD, LASD and FBI among others. These agencies have
committed more than $2 million each to this initiative.