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Orange County intelligence centered honored for excellence in combating terrorism, cyber crime

Much of their work doesn’t garner headlines or community-wide recognition.

For members of the Orange County Intelligence and Assessment Center (OCIAC), that often means they are finding success in their work.

Every day, OCIAC is tasked with finding critical information that can help stop a threat, whether it’s interrupting a terrorist attack in its earliest stages or thwarting plans for a cyber intrusion on a local business.

The fusion center is an integrated, multi-disciplined information and sharing network to analyze and disseminate information on criminal risks and safety threats to law enforcement, public safety, health care and the private sector.

It includes 43 staff members from OCSD, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, UC Irvine, and La Habra police departments, along with the Orange County Fire Authority, Anaheim Fire, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Although there are 79 fusions centers throughout the country, Orange County is the only county in the nation to have a dedicated site.

OCIAC recently was honored for its work at the 2017 National Fusion Center Association Awards, claiming three of nine excellence awards.

Orange County’s fusion center was reviewed by a panel of more than 20 local, state, federal, and private sector members from across the country.

OCSD employees won the following awards:

Excellence in the Field of Cyber Protection

An OCSD analyst was recognized for her excellence in bringing awareness to cyber threats and positioning the fusion center in the best posture to prevent, respond to, prepare for, and recover from cyber incidents.

Excellence in the Field of Fusion Center Outreach

Although this was an individual award, two OCSD employees received the recognition for their exceptional work. They were honored for their service in outreach or liaison efforts, which improves the security posture of Orange County.

FBI Terrorist Screening Award (TSC) Partnership Award – OCIAC

This prestigious award honors the jurisdiction that has worked excellently with federal partners to improve the security posture of OCIAC’s jurisdiction and nation.

Sheriff Hutchens and Capt. Ross Caouette accepted the award on behalf of the OCIAC.