"Eight Signs of Terrorism" Video
usually begin with extensive planning. You can help prevent and detect
terrorism - and other types of crime - by watching for suspicious activities
and reporting them to the proper authorities.
Be Alert For These Signs:
Surveillance - Someone recording or monitoring activities. This may include the
use of cameras, note taking, drawing diagrams, annotating on maps or using
binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices.
Elicitation - People or organizations attempting to gain
information about military operations, capabilities or people. Elicitation
attempts may be made by mail, email, phone or in person. This could include
eavesdropping or friendly conversation.
Tests of Security - Any attempts to measure reaction times to
security breaches, attempts to penetrate physical security barriers or monitor
procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.
Funding - Suspicious transactions involving large cash payments, deposits or
withdrawals are common signs of terrorist funding. Collections for donations,
the solicitation for money and criminal activity are also warning signs.
Supplies - Purchasing or stealing explosives, weapons, ammunition etc. This
also includes acquiring military uniforms, decals, flight manuals, passes or
badges (or the equipment to manufacture such items) and any other controlled
Impersonation - People
who don't seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment
or anywhere else. This includes the impersonation of law enforcement, military
personnel or company employees.
Rehearsal - Putting
people in position and moving them around according to their plan without
actually committing the terrorist act. An element of this activity could also
include mapping out routes and determining traffic light times and flow.
Deployment - People and supplies getting into position to commit the act. This
is the person's last chance to alert authorities before the terrorist act
Tips for reporting suspicious activity:
Being aware of signs
indicative of terrorist planning can aid law enforcement in the discovery of
possible terrorist activity. If you believe you have information that would
help authorities, you are encouraged to do the following:
Emergencies: Call 911
Non- Emergencies: Call Local
Submit a Suspicious
Activity Report Online
What is a Fusion Center?
A fusion center is a
collaborative effort of two or more agencies that provide resources, expertise
and information to the center with the goal of maximizing their ability to
detect, prevent, investigate and respond to criminal and terrorist activity. Intelligence
processes through which information is collected, evaluated, analyzed and
disseminated are a primary focus. Fusion involves the exchange of
information from different sources, including law enforcement, public safety
and the private sector.
Relevant and actionable intelligence results from
analysis and data fusion. The data fusion process assists agencies in proactive
efforts and essentially, protecting communities. The Fusion Center guidelines
were developed to ensure that fusion centers are established and operated
consistently, resulting in enhanced coordination, strengthened partnerships and
improved crime-fighting and anti-terrorism capabilities. The guidelines and key
elements, as well as additional resources, policies and implementation tools
are included in this publication from the U.S. Department of Justice and
Department of Homeland Security.
What is the North
Florida Fusion eXchange?
The North Florida Fusion
eXchange (NFFX) is a collaborative effort of local, state and federal agencies
working in partnership to share resources, expertise, and/or information to
better identify, detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and
terrorist activity utilizing an all crimes/all hazards approach. The
multidisciplinary approach of the NFFX increases the awareness of potential
threats and enhances what has traditionally been a law enforcement mission.
There are many agencies making valuable contributions to the mission of public
safety, including the public and private sector communities. The NFFX consists
of partner agencies from the following 13 counties within our North Florida
region: Columbia, Dixie, Franklin,
Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon,
Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla
How do we operate?
The NFFX partnership
agencies contribute Fusion Liaison Officer(s) (FLO) from their respective
agency, which must pass a state law enforcement background process. The FLO's
have been trained in legal and privacy issues, to include 28 CFR Part 23, and
they acknowledge that they must handle any intelligence or criminal
investigative information in accordance with State and Federal law. The FLO's
and analysts receive training on topics to assist them in their daily duties,
which includes the production of strategic briefings and assessments on
emerging or potential public safety threats in our region. The dissemination of
any information or intelligence product by analysts of the NFFX must be
reviewed and approved by the NFFX Director. These products are then posted to
the secured NFFX SharePoint website.
In addition to intelligence products, NFFX disseminates federal and state
generated alerts, warnings and notifications regarding time-sensitive threats,
situational awareness reports and analytical products. The guidelines for
protection of civil liberties and privacy interests of our citizens are
detailed in the NFFX