IACP Leadership in Homeland Security Award
The IACP Leadership in Homeland Security Award honors excellence and significant contributions to overcoming homeland security challenges
This award recognizes single agencies and multi-agency collaborative efforts that demonstrate significant contributions to information sharing and analytical work in the homeland security enterprise, and/or sound decision making during the preparation and execution of critical incident response, mitigation and recovery efforts resulting from acts of terrorism, and extremism in addition to natural or man-made calamity.
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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Open Source Collection Operations Team identified an individual who tweeted a murder-for-hire solicitation to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. This information was shared via the secure Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) platform, where a Texas Fusion Center Analyst identified the social media subject and their Massachusetts-based residence. The Boston Police Department’s Regional Intelligence Center Analysts and DHS Intelligence Officer assigned in Massachusetts, collaborated with ICE/HSI Boston, Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Cambridge Police Department to initiate an investigation. The subject was arrested and charged. The collaborative efforts reflect improvements and efficiencies in sharing and processing intelligence information, as well as the direct impact and value of the intelligence function in informing and supporting investigative efforts.
Border Enforcement Security Task Force, Brownsville, Texas
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), Brownsville, is a collaboration designed to enhance border security along a 112-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. This area contains critical energy infrastructure, commercial fishing, and cargo infrastructure, and is an area frequently targeted by transnational criminal organizations trying to exploit the South Texas border for illicit purposes. Results have included the seizure of illegal drugs, profits, and vehicles. BEST serves as an investigative best practice, demonstrating a comprehensive regional response to the growing threats facing homeland security. The task force is comprised of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Coast Guard; Texas Parks and Wildlife-Marine Tactical Operations Group; South Padre Island Police Department; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air Marine Operations; Port Isabel Police Department; U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations; and Cameron County Sheriff’s Office.