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 1,400 ILOs in the field, with at least one ILO serving as a point of contact in every county across the state.
What is an ILO?
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.
Who can become an ILO?
ILOs are affiliated with our partner sectors:
- Law enforcement
- Emergency management
- Public health
- Government agencies
- Private sector
What are the benefits of becoming an ILO?
- 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
What are the typical duties of an ILO?
- 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
How to Apply
For any questions about the application process, contact the ILO Program Office at (614) 387-6087 or ILO@dps.ohio.gov.
Before you apply, please complete the required training courses:
- 28 CFR Part 23 Training – use the preauthorization code SY5DR
- Suspicious Activity Reporting/NSI Training
You will be asked to upload your training certificates as part of the ILO application.
Nomination and NDA
You will be asked to upload these forms as part of the ILO application.
Optional - For Government Employees Only
Protected Critical Infrastructure Information
Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) is an annual certification that allows ILOs access to Ohio’s critical infrastructure information. It is required for access to the Infrastructure Protection (IP) Gateway, which houses assessments conducted throughout the state. PCII certification is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. To obtain PCII training:
- Visit https://pciims.dhs.gov/dana-na/auth/url_22/welcome.cgi
- Read the login page. Once complete, click CLOSE.
- If you do not have an account, click the “Registration” link for new users.
Communication & Information Management System
You will need to create an account with Ohio Homeland Security's Communication and Information Management System (CIMS). CIMS is a password-protected, secure application built to encourage and foster partnerships through the sharing of relevant information in a timely manner across all disciplines and jurisdictions. To obtain a CIMS account:
- Visit: https://services.dps.ohio.gov/CIMS/Login.aspx
- Click the “Sign Up” link below the “Don’t have CIMS Account?” box at the bottom of the page
- Fill out required information and submit
Information about scheduling and attending an ILO Workshop will be provided to you when applicable.
Please ensure you have your required documentation ready to upload with your application. See the How to Apply tab for details.