The Information Liaison Officer Program (ILO) is to enhance communications and the gathering, sharing of intelligence information between all state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Gathering and sharing of intelligence information is a key to helping protect citizens and the State of North Dakota and the nation as a whole.
Information Liaison Officer Program concept:
By developing and implementing the Information Liaison Officer (ILO) program, it will allow state and local law enforcement agencies to participate in the intelligence gathering and sharing process with the North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC) and to increase the flow of information and provide better security to the State of North Dakota.
The NDSLIC is designed to be a central point to gather and disseminate intelligence information, involving all crimes, suspicious activity reporting relating to domestic and international terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, border issues, and drugs.
To achieve this goal, the ability to provide timely credible intelligence information depends on an effective communication and ILO network that will allow all agencies in North Dakota the ability to take an active part in the prevention of criminal activities and terrorism, in both the international and domestic realms. This communication network will also aid in the apprehension of these individuals.
The ILO Program offers the opportunity to identify one or more points of contact within agencies to act as a conduit for information flow to and from the NDSLIC. The NDSLIC will maintain contact with ILO's by phone, email, or in person when feasible.
There are numerous tasks that the ILO may fulfill if they choose to become an ILO for their local jurisdiction or region.
Responsibilities of the ILO:
- ILO will be the point of contact between NDSLIC, ILO's agency and region to help gather, report, retrieve and share criminal and terrorism related intelligence and information.
- Keep NDSLIC apprised of significant criminal activity.
- Notify NDSLIC on crucial events or situations in their jurisdiction
- Coordinate intelligence/ information sharing
- Offer new ideas relating to information sharing
- Be the contact person for community and private sector relationships
- Obtain or prepare official contact lists for their jurisdiction.
- The ILO will conform to existing policy, laws and procedures regarding privacy as set forth in their parent agency and the NDSLIC.
Suggested qualifications for local information liaison officers:
- Organized and self-motivated
- Good communications skill
- Outstanding relationship with community members
- An understanding of current events in their community, region, state and nationwide
- Interest in developing sources of information in their community or jurisdiction
- Interest in keeping the flow of information to and from the NDSLIC
The ILO program would fill a necessary and vital part of an overall strategy to counter criminal activity, domestic and international terrorism in relation to North Dakota. The program will provide immeasurable benefits, with the continuous flow of information to and from each agency and the NDSLIC, which ultimately protects the citizens of North Dakota.