Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC)
The Arizona Fusion Center, also known as Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC), is a joint effort between the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and participating agencies.
To support the Arizona homeland security effort the Arizona Fusion Center was established and became operational in October of 2004. The Center operates on a 24/7 basis, providing both intelligence, investigative and technical support to state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies as well as other agencies critical to Arizona and the country’s homeland security efforts.
The mission of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center is to protect the citizens and critical infrastructure of Arizona by enhancing and coordinating counter terrorism intelligence and other investigative support efforts among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
The ACTIC Watch Center is the focal point for citizens and public safety personnel to report suspicious activity through the Tips and Leads reporting system. During FY2016, the Watch Center processed more than 4,060 tips and leads throughout Arizona.
Tips and leads submitted by citizens and public safety personnel often result in the immediate mobilization of law enforcement personnel who are deployed to respond to the specific threat or concern prior to a crime or terrorist incident taking place.
ACTIC in Action
ACTIC was contacted in FY2016 regarding a credible threat of an “imminent” mass shooting at the Burton Barr Library in downtown Phoenix. In response to the threat information, ACTIC personnel jumped into action to obtain information connected to the suspect’s phone number, and identified the suspect through open source social media tools. ACTIC then provided real time actionable intelligence information to responding police units within minutes of receiving the threat. The intelligence armed incident commanders from AZDPS with real-time information to quickly formulate a plan to enter the building and ultimately arrest the suspect without incident. The incident highlights ACTIC’s mission and emphasizes the multi-agency collaboration and cooperation to deter crime and acts terrorism in Arizona.