WASHINGTON – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Chief Intelligence Officer, David J. Glawe, provided remarks for both the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) in Washington, D.C. on February 10th and 11th, 2020. The events included sheriffs from across the nation and sheriffs elected to represent major counties across America.
The MCSA is a professional law enforcement association that includes the largest elected Sheriffs’ Offices representing counties or parishes with populations of 500,000 or more. The association is dedicated to preserving the highest integrity in law enforcement and the elected office of the sheriff. This membership alone represents over 100 million Americans.
NSA’s mission is to serve the Office of Sheriff and its affiliates through law enforcement education and training, and through the provision of general law enforcement informational resources. The association represents thousands of sheriffs, deputies, public safety professionals, and concerned citizens nationwide.
Under Secretary Glawe discussed DHS’s intelligence priorities and opportunities within the organization to enhance sharing intelligence information with state and local partners across both sheriffs’ associations.
“The success of DHS in detecting and mitigating threats depends on strong relationships with our state and local partners. This also includes intelligence analysts and law enforcement professionals that work behind the scenes every day to identity threat actors, whether they are terrorists, drug traffickers, cyber criminals, or gang members,” said Under Secretary Glawe. “Collectively, these partners also work within our Fusion Centers, which remain the key touchpoint for intelligence collection and information sharing across the centers and safeguarding the American people.”
As ever-growing threat streams increase in the United States, I&A has enhanced its collaboration with and support to state and local law enforcement through increasing its number of deployed intelligence professionals and information sharing within Fusion Centers. Additionally, I&A surged 19 intelligence officers to the Southwest Border for several months in 2019 and shared hundreds of tactical and finished intelligence pieces.
I&A continues to strengthen its intelligence partnerships across the Nation by actively engaging with groups such as the NSA and MCSA and participating in their events.