NCRIC Public Safety Government 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 front-line 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 facilitates 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.

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The standards for membership with the NCRIC  as a Public Safety/Government Partner are based on both a "right" and a "need" to know sensitive information connected to public safety (information that has been categorized as "For Official Use Only," or commonly referred to as "FOUO").

The NCRIC works to provide information that will assist these partners in more effectively accomplishing their day-to-day responsibilities.

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

To qualify as a Public Safety/Government Partner, applicants must be currently employed by a government agency, or affiliated with a government agency through an executed contract, and must serve in a public safety function, e.g. firefighter, EMT, paramedic, emergency manager, etc. In addition, employees of agencies that are affiliates of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) qualify for Public Safety/Government membership.

Prior to being granted membership with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), all Public Safety/Government 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 Liaison 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)  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) Public Safety Government 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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  • Direct communication with a law enforcement intelligence center and the National Fusion Center Enterprise
  • Regularly published situational awareness and informational bulletins (Partner Update Briefs-PUB)
  • Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) training and associated programs
  • Access to sensitive "For Official Use Only" (FOUO) information that has been developed and provided to reduce risk and vulnerability to Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)
  • Support from the NCRIC CIKR Unit
  • Participation in classified DHS briefing (must possess a valid security clearance to participate)
  • Event-specific situational awareness briefings
  • Participation in the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI)
  • Access to suspicious activity reported in the NCRIC area of responsibility
  • Direct communication with NCRIC outreach officers
  • Participation in information sharing meetings
  • Low or no-cost training opportunities
  • Access to the NCRIC members-only secure portal and associated resources
  • Membership in the National Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)
  • Networking opportunities with other members of the public safety community