ncric Law Enforcement
Partnership Program

The NCRIC serves as a focal point in the Northern District of California for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT), and private sector partners.

The NCRIC is uniquely situated to empower frontline law enforcement, public safety, fire service, emergency response, public health, critical infrastructure entities, and private sector partners to understand local implications of intelligence - national, regional, and local - enabling them to better protect our communities. 

The NCRIC conducts analysis and facilitate information sharing while assisting law enforcement and homeland security partners in preventing, protecting against, and responding to crime and terrorism. It provides interdisciplinary expertise and situational awareness to inform decision-making at all levels of government, particularly to law enforcement partners.

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The standards for membership with the NCRIC as a Law Enforcement Partner, are based on both a "right" and a "need" to know Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES) information. The NCRIC works to provide information to our Law Enforcement Partners that will assist them in more effectively accomplishing their day-to-day responsibilities.

Standards and procedures are in place to provide the NCRIC staff and analysts with the ability to share sensitive information whlie ensuring that the information is provided only to those who need it and have the right to receive it. These standards are designed to protect civil liberties and civil rights,  as well as to safeguard active law enforcement investigations and public safety efforts.

To qualify as a Law Enforcement Partner, applicants must be currently employed by a law enforcement agency and serve in an enforcement, investigative, intelligence, analytical, or communications role.

Prior to being granted membership with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), all Law Enforcement Partners shall undergo a background review. During this process employment verification will be obtained, as well as the applicant's current standing with the organization that he or she represents.

As part of the application process, the applicant will be asked to submit an electronic Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) which addresses the proper handling of sensitive or controlled information provided to the applicant by the NCRIC. Online training is provided as part of this process. The NDA will be maintained as part of the applicant's file.

A Terrorism Liasion Officer (TLO) is any active peace officer, firefighter, state investigator, federal agent, military investigative personnel, or anyone working closely within the public safety/homeland security community, who has been properly certified by the appropriate Regional Threat Assessment Center (RTAC) or Regional Intelligence Center (RIC). The mission of a TLO is to serve as a conduit of information between members of the public safety community, public/private sector, citizenry, and the US Government, in the fight against terrorism.

The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) law enforcement program is provided as a free public service, designed to enhance communication and information sharing between law enforcement, public safety organizations, and the private sector.
Benefits include:

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  • Timely, accurate, and relevant threat and criminal intelligence products tailored to local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to prevent and mitigate terrorist and other criminal threats to public safety.
  • Intelligence and consequence management support to incident commanders or public safety agencies in response to or during homeland security threats, regional critical incidents, and special events through the NCRIC's 24/7 Duty Officer program.
  • Threat and vulnerability assessments relating to Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) and regional special events by trained CIKR analysts.
  • Training regarding civil liberties and privacy protection of citizens from unlawful collection and dissemination of information that does not meet the standards of Section 28 C.F.R. Part 23 and the California Attorney General's Procedures for Maintaining Criminal Information Sharing Files & Operational Activities.
  • Other law enforcement training, at no cost, on subjects such as terrorism, narcotics, gangs, officer safety, and other relevant topics.
  • Access to the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) training program which creates and maintains strong relationships with law enforcement and public safety partners in the NCRIC's area of responsibility and helps to ensure timely information sharing, full situational awareness, and efficient use of resources.
  • Membership for law enforcement partners to the NCRIC website for access to resources as well as the Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) system to report non-urgent tips and leads.
  • Resource sharing, including investigative equipment and technical support for major criminal investigations with the NCRIC region's federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.