Mission: The Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) is a team effort of local, state and federal law enforcement, in cooperation with the citizens of the State of Tennessee, for the timely receipt, analysis and dissemination of terrorism information and criminal activity relating to Tennessee.
The Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC), housed with TBI Headquarters in Nashville, TN, was created in response to the intelligence failures of September 11, 2001. Fusion Centers have been developed across the country to provide an avenue of communication to enhance information sharing between Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies. The collaborative effort of the partnered agencies provide resources, expertise and information to the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity. The TFC uses intelligence information with an ‘all crimes’ approach. It provides a central location for the collection and analysis of law enforcement related information and produces a continuous flow of that information to the law enforcement community. The TFC forecasts and identifies emerging crime trends and gives assistance to law enforcement in criminal investigations.
The TFC consists of TBI employees as well as liaisons from the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security, Tennessee Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole, the National Guard, Tennessee Department of safety, ROCIC, ATF and the FBI. TBI’s Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) houses the Fusion Center. CIU concentrates its effort on combating organized crime, gang activity, drug trafficking, Medicaid fraud and fugitives. CIU manages programs such as AMBER Alert, the statewide Sex Offender Registry and TBI Top Ten Most Wanted program. It is also the state’s clearinghouse for missing and exploited children and provides pre-employment backgrounds for sensitive employment positions across the state.