NC opens new center to focus on terrorism, security
Release date: 9/19/2006
Raleigh: North Carolina today opened its Information Sharing and Analysis Center in Raleigh to help law enforcement gather and evaluate information on homeland security and gang activity. ISAAC will serve as the focal point for collection, analysis and dissemination of information on possible terrorist and criminal threats in North Carolina.
“We know that good cooperation among law enforcement and tips from alert citizens are keys to thwarting terrorism and fighting crime,” said Attorney General Roy Cooper, whose SBI will help lead the Center. “ISAAC will be a pipeline to share critical information about potential threats so that we can help keep North Carolina safe.”
Cooper, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Bryan E. Beatty, United States Attorney George Holding, and State Bureau of Investigation Director Robin Pendergraft joined state and local law enforcement to officially open ISAAC.
“In the post-9/11 world, it’s absolutely essential that agencies with responsibility for protection of critical infrastructure and facilities have reliable information about potential terrorist or criminal activities,” said Beatty. “ISAAC is a major step in reducing crime and enhancing public safety throughout North Carolina.”
Law enforcement from across the state will be able to use the Center to submit and exchange information on homeland security and gang activities. Experts at ISAAC will evaluate that information and share it with other appropriate agencies to follow up on tips.
ISAAC is what is known as a fusion center that brings together law enforcement agencies to collaborate and analyze information from a variety of sources, including tips, public records such as drivers license and vehicle registration records, and national law enforcement databases. North Carolina joins a growing list of states that have started fusion centers in the last few years to beef up intelligence gathering and analysis.
The project is overseen by the SBI’s Intelligence and Technical Services Section. Partners of ISAAC include: the US Attorney’s Office, FBI, NC SBI, NC State Highway Patrol, NC National Guard, NC Association of Chief of Police, NC Sheriff’s Association, Alcohol Law Enforcement, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Agriculture, NC Department of Corrections, Division of Emergency Management, and the Governor’s Crime Commission.
The 2,500-square-foot facility will house around a dozen individuals from partner law enforcement agencies. ISAAC began limited operations earlier this summer and has already followed up on more than 35 tips.
Citizens are encouraged to share tips and report suspicious activity by contacting local law enforcement. They can also contact ISAAC at 1-888-NCISAAC (888-624-7222) or NCISAAC@ncdoj.gov. In addition, tips can be submitted to the SBI online at www.ncdoj.gov and the Federal Bureau of Investigation at https://tips.fbi.gov.
The Center receives funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the Governor’s Crime Commission.
ISAAC is located in the Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC in downtown Raleigh.