COMMENT: The story indicates that the fusion center has been operational for almost a year now and was monitoring during both the recent shooting on the University of Texas campus as well as during the Joe Stack plane crash into the IRS building in North Austin. Mention is also made of allowing access to watchdog groups concerned about the scope of Fusion centers…

Noelle Newton and Jessica Vess
October 21, 2010

Agencies across the state are working together to fight crime. The Texas Department of Public Safety held a dedication Thursday morning for what is known as a Fusion Center.

The center sits inside a building at the DPS headquarters complex in North Austin.

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DPS allowed media inside for a rare look at how the agencies work together to solve crimes. Large screens and rows of computers fill one room after another at the center. Each room is dedicated to a type of intelligence gathering including border security and gang activity.

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The purpose of a fusion center is to create a central location where local, state, and federal agencies can work together to share the information they have gathered about different crimes or threats, in particular terror threats or trends in organized crime.

The center has actually been under development for about a year now…

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