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Analysts at the Colorado Information Analysis Center in Lakewood process pieces of information from police across the country that, taken alone, may not make sense. Created after the 9/11 attacks, it’s one of 50 state “fusion centers,” plus more than 20 regional centers.

Analysts from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the military, the state highway patrol and local police departments examine crime reports and tips on suspicious activity. In Colorado, many of those tips come from more than 500 “terrorism liaison officers” serving with local police agencies.

The center has a nearly $1 million annual budget funded by federal grants. It includes a secure room with videoconference links to FBI and Homeland Security headquarters.

Read the rest of P. Solomon Banda’s Associated Press article at the Chicago Tribune.

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