The fusion process supports the implementation of risk-based, information-driven prevention, response, and consequence management programs. At the same time, it supports efforts to address immediate or emerging threat related circumstances and events. A Fusion Center is an effective and efficient mechanism to exchange information and intelligence, maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism by analyzing data from a variety of sources. Among the primary focuses of Fusion Centers are the intelligence and fusion processes, through which information is collected, integrated, evaluated, analyzed and disseminated. The goal is to provide a mechanism through which government, law enforcement, public safety and the private sector can come together with a common purpose and improve the ability to safeguard our homeland and prevent criminal activity. Fusion Centers embody the core of collaboration, and as demands increase and resource decrease, Fusion Centers will become an effective tool to maximize available resources and build trusted relationships.
North Carolina has one State-level Fusion Center and two Regional-level Fusion Centers. The NC State Bureau of Investigation manages the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) State-level Fusion Center in Raleigh. The City of New Bern Police Department manages the Eastern Regional Information Center (ERIC) Regional-level Fusion Center in Eastern North Carolina. And the City of Charlotte Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) manages the Charlotte Regional Information and Analysis Center (CRIAC) in Western North Carolina.