ILO Program Mission Statement
To build a robust statewide network of public and private sector volunteers helping Texas law enforcement reduce vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure.
Overview of the TXJCIC Infrastructure Liaison Officer (ILO) Program
The Texas Joint Crime Information Center's Infrastructure Liaison Officer (ILO) program is a network of trusted citizen volunteers or law enforcement officers recruited and trained to help Texas protect its infrastructure from crime, sabotage, and terrorism. ILOs are partners of the state's primary fusion center, the JCIC, which house a diversity of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies working together under one roof. ILOs are trained to see and report suspicious activities. In turn, the JCIC can use the reporting to create investigative leads and awareness to guard against threats.
As the state's only fusion center covering all of Texas 24/7, the JCIC invites you to join our ILO cadre representing
sixteen sectors to include energy, transportation systems, communications, manufacturing, water and agriculture.
Together, we can make Texas – and the nation - safer and more secure.
What the ILO program will do for participating partners
- Increase opportunities for owners and operators of Texas infrastructure to secure their facilities or assets from crime.
- Provide awareness of threats from crime, sabotage and terrorism, such as indicators and new trends, by way of educational opportunities,
reports that will be offered throughout the year, and an annual seminar in Austin.
- Create a true community, bringing together diverse owners and operators who, through camaraderie and trust, receive and exchange information to the benefit of all.
What the ILO program will do for the Texas Joint Crime Information Center
- Provide the right kind of quality suspicious activity REPORTING that we need to detect,
deter and prevent crime and terrorism against infrastructure.
- Help the JCIC provide real-time intelligence information to law enforcement during
critical incidents, on-scene responses, and for active time-sensitive investigations.
We may ask for help when tragedy strikes.
- Provide a formal, structured partnership the State of Texas that transcends
often-transitory individual relationships. The ILO program will increase the resiliency
of the infrastructure protection-law enforcement partnership in Texas.
Becoming an ILO
We seek committed, active partners to be our ILOs, initially demonstrated by completing 12 hours of training for certification. ILO's will be responsible or receiving, safeguarding and routing law enforcement-related information to appropriate decision-makers within their areas of responsibility for potential action and in anticipation of further collaboration with police. Commissioned officers whose duties might include protecting infrastructure are encouraged to apply and will receive up to eight hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement credit for attending training.
The Ideal ILOs will have
- A minimum of five years' experience in their sector industry or field, preferably with supervisory or management duties.
- Permission from a supervisor to participate.
- Agreed to undergo a criminal history background check (unless a commissioned officer).
- Agree to undergo a criminal history background check.
- Signed a confidentiality agreement.
- Completed 12 ILO training hours and received certification.
- Demonstrated active participation over time.