3. Operations

1. Policy Development 2. Policy Implementation 3. Operations
4. Compliance
5. Oversight 6. Redress
7. Outreach 8. Coordination 9. SME
  10. Training  

The P/CRCL Officer plays a central role in almost every aspect of the fusion center. An overview of the P/CRCL role in fusion center operations is available on the Core Curriculum page under P/CRCL Officer Role. Global's Defining Fusion Center Technology Business Process: A Tool for Planning (54pp | 2.3mb | PDF) can assist in providing an big picture view of fusion center operations.

Information Analysis

A P/CRCL Officer will likely provide subject matter knowledge to analysts on how to ensure the protection of an individual's privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. This may include developing standards on data quality and/or providing advice on when to merge information.

As criminal intelligence techniques become more technologically based, a P/CRCL Officer must also have an understanding of technology. This background will allow the P/CRCL Officer to adequately review the numerous operational systems that analysts may request.

For example, the use of social media in criminal intelligence gathering has become an increasingly important topic. Your fusion center should consider developing a policy consistent with Global's Developing a Policy on the Use of Social Media in Intelligence and Investigative Activities: Guidance and Recommendations (52pp | 1mb | PDF).

Reviews products prior to dissemination

A Checklist for the Development, Review, and Dissemination of Analytic Products and Resources (2pp | 3mb | PDF) was developed to assist in the development of intelligence products. This checklist incorporates a section on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties issues.

For more specific information on how to protect P/CRCL when conducting an intelligence product review.

Source: The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the DHS Privacy Office.
Last date page updated: 08/13/13 (CRCL)

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