The Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) supports state, local, and tribal law enforcement and homeland security agencies develop and share criminal intelligence and information nationwide. Established in May 2004, the CICC is made up of members representing law enforcement and homeland security agencies from all levels of government, supports nationwide law enforcement initiatives, and promotes public safety. The CICC operates at the policy level—setting priorities, directing research, and preparing advisory recommendations.

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) serves as the technical assistance provider for the CICC and its parent organization, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global), an advisory body to the U.S. Attorney General. IIR supports the CICC by providing project coordination activities, research and analysis services, meeting coordination, policy/recommendation development assistance, and web site development and maintenance.

The effective sharing of criminal intelligence is essential to prevent not only criminal activity, but terrorism-related events as well. Since 2001, numerous efforts and initiatives have been developed to improve law enforcement’s ability to share information and intelligence. These efforts include the national fusion center initiative, the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative, and the continued implementation of intelligence-led policing. All of these efforts have the purpose of improving law enforcement’s ability to prevent crime and terrorism; however, to ensure success and viability, these initiatives must be coordinated. Through this coordination, law enforcement and homeland security agencies and personnel can be confident that no matter what the initiative, all agencies and partners are working hand in hand to improve intelligence sharing.

While the CICC strives to help state and local law enforcement and homeland security agencies understand their role in the development and sharing of information and intelligence—the CICC also collaborates with federal partners—including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence—to coordinate national initiatives focused on intelligence sharing. The advice and recommendations of the CICC and its membership have also been sought by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, members of Congress, and representatives of state government.

The coordination that the CICC strives for has far-reaching effects, the most significant being the continued active involvement of local, state, and tribal law enforcement and homeland security agencies in nationwide criminal intelligence sharing efforts. Through the institutionalization of coordination and collaboration among all agencies—regardless of size and jurisdiction—the CICC shows that criminal intelligence can be effectively and efficiently developed and shared, resulting in a safer nation.

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Information Sharing Environment Blog, 28 March 2016