Georgia Information Sharing & Analysis Center (GISAC)

 

Law Enforcement Officers at GISACThe Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC) is one of 77 U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognized fusion centers in the United States. Serving as the primary repository for counterterrorism and criminal intelligence information in the state, GISAC formed in October 2001 to enhance information and intelligence sharing between local, state, and federal agencies. The diverse team of analysts and agents, along with expertise through public and private sector partnerships, transforms the flow of raw information into an actionable intelligence picture. GISAC distributes bulletins, threat assessments, and other relevant intelligence products to law enforcement, public safety, emergency management, and private sector partners throughout Georgia.

Origin

On October 24, 2001, the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC) was created simultaneously with the Georgia Homeland Security Task Force and the appointment of the state's Homeland Security Coordinator. On March 13, 2003, an executive order established the Georgia Office of Homeland Security, placing GISAC directly reporting to its director. On August 12, 2010 an executive order merged the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Criminal Intelligence unit into GISAC to form Georgia's current all-crimes intelligence fusion center under the director of GBI.

Mission

The mission of GISAC is two-fold: to provide investigative support to law enforcement in Georgia for criminal activity and to dedicate resources to the protection of Georgia's citizens against the threat of terrorism.

GISAC facilitates connectivity between local, state, and federal agencies in Georgia. The purpose is to share resources and information in a way that enhances the capacity to identify, detect, mitigate, prevent and respond to criminal activity. GISAC does not replace or duplicate the counter-terrorism functions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); rather, GISAC's efforts to collect information from state and local sources ensures greater availability and integration of information from those sources. GISAC enhances lead development and improves the analysis of existing information by identifying state-wide trends and intelligence gaps. GISAC also ensures other state and local agencies receive bulletins and assessments produced by federal agencies that are relevant to their areas of responsibility.

Composition

GISAC is composed of personnel representing the following agencies and organizations: