WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) received the 2019 Leadership in Homeland Security Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at their annual meeting in Chicago. DHS I&A received the award jointly with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Boston Police Department.
The IACP’s Leadership in Homeland Security Award annually honors excellence and significant contributions to enhancing homeland security. This award recognizes collaborative efforts that demonstrate significant contributions to information sharing and analytical work in the homeland security enterprise.
DHS I&A, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Boston Police Department were honored with this recognition based on their successful collaboration resulting from a DHS report shared via the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). The report was evaluated by state and local analysts in Texas and Boston, ultimately leading to an arrest. These efforts represent the operational successes resulting from collaboration between federal, state, and local partners including the value of DHS intelligence products, the effectiveness of HSIN as a unique platform for sharing intelligence between all levels of government, the unique expertise of state and local analysts, and most importantly the impact of intelligence in support of operational activities and investigations.
“Collaboration between the DHS Intelligence Enterprise and our state and local partners is a top priority,” said Under Secretary of I&A and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe. “The actionable intelligence we provide on a daily basis directly enhances the safety and security of our local communities. Our deployed intelligence professionals and the National Network of Fusion Centers are the cornerstone that enable the seamless sharing of information to keep the nation safe, secure, and resilient.”
Mike Sena, President of the National Fusion Center Association and Chair of the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, also recognized the valuable contributions of DHS I&A.
“DHS I&A’s ability to share strategic and tactical threat information better position state and local partners to detect and defend against a wide array of threats, whether terrorism, cyber, or transnational crime,” said Sena. “I&A continues to be one of most valuable agencies for ensuring state and local partners have the information they need to do their job.”
(From left) DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis Law Enforcement Advisor Tom L'Esperance, Major David Cabrera of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, and Texas DPS Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division Chief Dale Avant jointly accepted the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2019 Leadership in Homeland Security Award.