About the ILO Program
The Intelligence Liaison Officer (ILO) Program increases local, statewide, and regional intelligence collaboration by building relationships with local representatives who report to the Ohio Fusion Center Network (OFCN) for the purpose of analysis, sharing, and dissemination of intelligence.
The ILO Program allows a diverse range of sectors to enhance street-level intelligence collection by having trained ILOs with the ability to recognize threat indicators and report suspicious activity through their agency/organization to the OFCN. Currently, Ohio has over 1,000 ILOs in the field, with at least one ILO serving as a point of contact in every county across the state.
An ILO is a point of contact for an agency in matters related to suspicious activity, intelligence, and information. An ILO attends meetings when able, receives training and intelligence from the local fusion center, online resources, and other agencies engaged in homeland security initiatives. The ILO then educates others within his or her agency, thereby enhancing situational awareness, early warning, and operational readiness.
ILOs are affiliated with our partner sectors:
- Law enforcement
- Emergency management
- Public health
- Government agencies
- Private sector
- Low/no-cost training opportunities and access to ILO materials and resources
- Participation in the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) initiative and access to suspicious activity reported Ohio
- Access to the Communication & Information Management System (CIMS)
- Membership in the National Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)
- Receive pertinent ILO notifications and newsletters via email
- Ability to connect with ILO partners across the state
- Support from Regional Intelligence Coordinators (RIC) who are the primary point of contact
- Support and direct communication with Ohio Homeland Security and the entire Ohio Fusion Center Network
- Serve as agency point of contact in matters related to terrorism and terrorism-related tips/leads
- Maintain a relationship with the local fusion center, receiving and disseminating information and intelligence to others in their agency in a timely and lawful manner
- Help others within their agency identify potential suspicious activity and report on activity to the appropriate fusion center
- Stay engaged and participate in trainings and meetings offered by the ILO Program