DRAFT - The DHS Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (P/CRCL)Training Program for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers

The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and the DHS Privacy Office (PRIV) partnered with the DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis State and Local Program Office and the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to create and support a specialized training program, which supports the implementation of p/crcl protections and processes in the work of the network of fusion centers.

The program was rolled out nationally in 2009 with annual delivery since that time; the level of effort varies annually based on available resources. To leverage limited resources while supporting a national program, we created a four-pronged program to support fusion centers.


brief image 3#1 On-site Training The multifaceted DHS privacy and civil liberties full-day training intensive uses a "toolkit" approach where states select from a list of available training modules to customize events based on the needs of each jurisdiction.

As of early 2013 we have trained 1,309 staff (approximately two-thirds of the estimated total) staff at 50 fusion centers in 36 states and the District of Columbia.


brief image 1#2 Technical Assistance Support CRCL and PRIV support fusion center staff through periodic webinars, telephone support, training design and materials support, a bi-monthly newsletter, new exercises and other training materials.

In FY 2013, CRCL and PRIV are focusing efforts on building the cadre of P/CRCL Officers via a review of existing guidance and discussions at the Regional Fusion Center Meetings on the role of the P/CRCL Officer in implementing each center's privacy/civil liberties policies.


brief image 4 #3 P/CRCL Resources Web Portal Developed jointly with our partners, this web portal serves as a single point of access to the variety of federal resources that provide guidance and/or training on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties issues in the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) for fusion centers.

Requests for new content? Contact us at FusionCenterTraining@dhs.gov


#4 Webinars - Webinars will be offered to fusion center personnel, liaison officer networks, and to P/CL Officers by experts around the country on topical P/CRCL issues.


brief image 1#5 Training of Trainers Program for P/CRCL Officers at Fusion Centers

  • The Training of Trainers (ToT) initiative was created in 2010 to assist fusion center staff, especially the P/CRCL Officers, to provide continuing training on privacy and civil liberties issues in the ISE. To date DHS has trained the P/CRCL Officers from 68 of the 78 recognized fusion centers via this 1 day ToT session.
  • Core Curriculum for P/CRCL officers. The 2 part curriculum includes an on-line core curriculum and a 6 part series of webinars for P/CRCL officers.


In FY 2013, CRCL and PRIV are focusing efforts on building the cadre of P/CRCL Officers via a review of existing guidance and discussions at the Regional Fusion Center Meetings on the role of the P/CRCL Officer in implementing each center's privacy/civil liberties policies.

Authority: Section 511(a) of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 requires CRCL and PRIV to (1) provide training on privacy and civil liberties to all DHS officers or analysts before they deploy to state and major urban area fusion centers as well as (2) support the training of all fusion center personnel on these same issues nationwide.

Pre-deployment Training for DHS Staff CRCL and PRIV provide individualized privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties training to each new DHS Intelligence Officer prior to deployment. These experienced officers receive customized, half-day intensive briefs that include individualized discussion and feedback on privacy/civil liberties topics, exercises, and issue spotting using redacted intelligence products. Trained officers are supported via ongoing technical assistance.

Fusion Center Training Program Contact: FusionCenterTraining@dhs.gov at the CRCL Institute, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Source: The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the DHS Privacy Office.
Last date page updated: 6/21/13 (CRCL)

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