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ASIS Foundation and Illinois Law Enforcement Create the First Private-Sector Funded Position for the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Fusion Center

Alexandria, Va 2009-04-21

​The ASIS Foundation and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, a coalition of more than 890 law enforcement agencies, have signed a memorandum of understanding that enables ILEAS to hire a critical infrastructure specialist to work in the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center. The person in this position will receive, analyze and distribute appropriate intelligence received from local, state and federal levels to the private sector.  Illinois ASIS members contributed to a fund managed by the ASIS Foundation that will pay the salary for this full-time specialist. 

A one-stop resource for hazard and terrorism-related information, STIC, located in Springfield, Ill., is a 24/7 all-crimes fusion center staffed by analytical personnel from the Illinois State Police, Illinois National Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The Illinois STIC is the first fusion center to have a position funded by the private sector to focus on data relevant to private-sector security. It is expected this arrangement can be the model for other fusion centers across the country.

“The force multiplier of private-sector data fused with public-sector intelligence provides both public and private safety and security officials with the tool for preparedness in the event of any hazard disaster,” said Tim Williams, CPP, director of security at Caterpillar Inc., headquartered in Peoria, Ill., and chairman of the board of ASIS. “Caterpillar is proud to have supported this worthwhile effort.”

ILEAS Executive Director Jim Page says, “We are honored to participate with the Illinois State Police Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center and the ASIS Foundation on this project.  ILEAS, as a representative of local law enforcement, values its partnership with both the State Police and privately held security assets within our state.”

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The ASIS Foundation, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, provides funding and manages endowments for a wide range of academic, strategic and professional development activities. The purpose of the Foundation is to enhance the security profession worldwide by establishing, developing, delivering, and promoting programs that advance security through education, research, and training. Foundation scholarships ensure that those pursuing a career in security management are able to realize the highest academic achievements. Financial contributions from individuals, chapters and companies employing ASIS members, and corporations with an interest in security support the Foundation.
ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) is a consortium of 891 law enforcement agencies in Illinois.  ILEAS, created shortly after 9/11, manages the nation’s largest local law enforcement mutual aid network. ILEAS is a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and oversees the management of Homeland Security grants for local law enforcement agencies in Illinois.