Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center
For information call (714) 289-3949
Lieutenant Ross Caouette
To provide an integrated, multi-disciplined, information and intelligence sharing network to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on all criminal risks and safety threats to law enforcement, fire, health, private sector and public sector stakeholders in a timely manner in order to protect the residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure while ensuring the civil rights and civil liberties of all persons are recognized.
The Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) was built on the foundation established by the OCSD's Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEWG) from 2001 to 2007, and is an Operational Area asset governed by the Orange County Chiefs and Sheriff's Association (OCCSA). The OCIAC is a proactive multi-agency, multi-discipline collaborative which provides comprehensive analysis, intelligence, timely information sharing, and infrastructure protection.
The Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center is comprised of four units:
- Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit
- Terrorism Liaison Officer Unit
- Analysis Unit
- Intelligence Unit
Reporting Suspicious Activity
The OCIAC should be notified of any relevant incident or information based on the current indicators and behaviors of criminal activity and potential terrorism nexus activity listed on the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) website below.
The staff of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 289-3949. The center's website can be accessed at www.ocaic.org. The website contains information on anti-terrorism efforts and also has a link allowing members of the public to contact OCIAC directly with their questions or tips regarding suspected criminal or terrorist-related activity.
Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Unit
The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Unit’s primary focus is safeguarding public and private sector assets within The County of Orange. The CIP Unit works with public and private sector partners to identify critical assets and potential vulnerabilities and to develop strategies to mitigate identified vulnerabilities and possible responses. CIP uses a multi-disciplinary team comprised of law enforcement, fire, medical, and private sector experts to conduct vulnerability assessments, provide relevant security updates, and training resources to our public and private sector partners in a combined effort to protect our county’s assets against terrorist attack, criminal activity, and natural disasters.
Vulnerability Assessments offer specific site stakeholder the ability to have a third party (CIP) identify potential security vulnerabilities associated with a site’s procedural and physical security capabilities. As part of the Vulnerability Assessment, partners are offered options to consider to help mitigate potential vulnerabilities identified.
Orange County Shield
- Liaison with local businesses forming an information network with the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center and their First Responder partners in the collection and dissemination of homeland security related information.
- Improve virtual reach-back capability for OCIAC in the operational area during time of crisis ensuring access to resources and field intelligence/information.
- Partners with public safety to implement interdiction policies and target hardening strategies, striving to ensure a unified, consistent, and coordinated response to terrorism.
- Supports implementation of private sector Emergency Response Plans to mitigate severity and degree of potential loss to community, commerce, and industry.
- Facilitate bi-monthly meetings for OC Shield membership.
- Provide targeted disseminations from federal agencies to DHS designated Critical Infrastructure sectors.
- Collaborate with DHS Private Sector Liaison, counterparts at NYPD Shield, Infragard, JRIC and San Diego LECC.
- Provide open source product in OC Shield weekly bulletins to membership.
Liaison with local, state and federal governmental health agencies as well as private medical groups, their directors, managers, executives and security personnel in an effort to ensure the local operating area is prepared to respond to terrorist incidents. The Medical Liaison creates and disseminates the Threat & Intelligence Products Synopsis (TIPS), a monthly bulletin, and assists with the coordination of the following programs:
- Bio Watch monitoring program
- Strategic National Stockpile
- Developing Medical TLO program
- Hospital Surge Capacity
Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Unit
The TLO improves information sharing and communication capability between law enforcement, fire, health, as well as private and public sector partners. All of these partners have representation within the TLO unit.
TLO duties and responsibilities:
- Collects and receives suspicious activity reports from agency TLO's, first responders, and the community
- Hosts monthly regional information sharing meetings for agency TLOs
- Provide threat awareness departmental training, by collecting, retrieving, and sharing of training materials related to terrorism.
- Monthly regional information sharing meeting for agency TLO's
- Dissemination of Homeland Security advisories, intelligence bulletins, threats, indicators and warnings, special bulletins, intelligence briefings, and situational debriefings for law enforcement agency TLO coordinators
- Coordination of training opportunities
- Coordination between the TLO program and the private sector and medical liaison groups
- Identifies community stakeholders and develops private sector relationships with Law Enforcement.
- Provides terrorism-related briefings to key agency personnel.
Fire TLO Program
The purpose of this program is to ensure that fire department first responders throughout the urban area maintain a real-time awareness of terrorist trends, tactics, and procedures.
The program also aims to alert firefighters to the types of suspicious activities that they may encounter that may have a terrorism nexus, and to establish a network for efficient reporting.
- Ensure channels of communication are established and maintained between fire personnel and the OCIAC
- Dissemination of fire agency specific intelligence and forward requests for information
- Serve as the contact person for fire agencies to specific intelligence and the OCIAC
- Assists with training needs or requirements as they relate to terrorism
- Assist in implementing the Fire TLO program within the operational area
- Assist with comprehensive threat assessment
The Analysis Unit's primary function is the collection, evaluation, analysis and dissemination of crime and intelligence data while ensuring timely and accurate analytical products are produced and disseminated to information/intelligence consumers at the local, state and federal level. The information collected is processed to support efforts that address immediate and/or emerging threat-related circumstances and events. A critical component of the Analysis Unit is the Cyber Program. Members of the cyber unit possesses a high level of expertise on cyber related crime and activity and assist in identifying threats and vulnerabilities as well as post incident mitigation.Core functions of the Analytical Unit are:
- Investigative support
- Production of tactical and strategic reports
- Development of information and intelligence collection plans
- Production of advisories and bulletins
- Production of threat assessments
- Developing responses to requests for information
- Managing the intelligence database
- Preparation of visual aids such as link charts, maps and statistical graphs
The Intelligence Unit is the primary OCIAC representative on all criminal intelligence matters, as well as coordinating, monitoring and overseeing homeland security related incidents. The Intelligence Unit does not ordinarily perform enforcement activities, but rather is a source of intelligence and investigative assistance for operational units.
Intelligence Unit personnel perform the following functions:
- Initiate proactive homeland security related investigations, including indices queries, deconfliction, surveillance and witness, subject and suspect interviews.
- Conduct assessments and follow up on tips, leads and suspicious activity reports that are submitted or developed.
- Provide on-scene support for incident commanders during homeland security related incidents.
- Conduct threat assessments for special events, dignitary visits, and other activities that may impact the operational area or result in civil disorder.
- Deploy as protective intelligence teams during special events, dignitary visits and as necessary to conduct counter surveillance.
- Gather, analyze, disseminate and maintain criminal intelligence information.
- Maintain communication, information and/or cooperative liaison regarding subversive, militia and extremist activities, as well as civic, labor and community activists/causes that may adversely impact the citizens within the operational area and/or result in civil disorder.
- Establish and maintain sources of information.
- Identify critical infrastructure and key assets, and initiate / recommend vulnerability assessments.
- Maintain liaisons within the public and private sectors.
- Promote homeland security awareness.
- Provide homeland security related assistance to law enforcement agencies at the local, state, federal and international levels.
- Attend and contribute to law enforcement intelligence groups, task forces and law enforcement committees.
OCIAC is currently staffed by personnel from the following agencies:
- Orange County Sheriff's Department
- Anaheim Police Department
- Irvine Police Department
- Laguna Beach Police Department
- La Habra Police Department
- Orange Police Department
- Orange County Fire Authority
- Anaheim Fire Department
- Huntington Beach Police Department
- University of California at Irvine Police Department
- Orange County District Attorney’s Office
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- Department of Homeland Security
- Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives