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Homeland Security Intelligence Liaison Officer Program

Intelligence Liaison Officer (ILO) Program

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 1,000 ILOs in the field, with at least one ILO serving as a point of contact in every county across the state.

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.

ILOs are affiliated with our partner sectors:

  • Law enforcement
  • Fire/EMS
  • Emergency management
  • Public health
  • Military
  • Education
  • Corrections
  • Transportation
  • Government agencies
  • Private sector
  • Faith-based
  1. Low/no-cost training opportunities and access to ILO materials and resources
  2. Participation in the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) initiative and access to suspicious activity reported Ohio
  3. Access to the Communication & Information Management System (CIMS)
  4. Membership in the National Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)
  5. Receive pertinent ILO notifications and newsletters via email
  6. Ability to connect with ILO partners across the state
  7. Support from Regional Intelligence Coordinators (RIC) who are the primary point of contact
  8. Support and direct communication with Ohio Homeland Security and the entire Ohio Fusion Center Network
  1. Serve as agency point of contact in matters related to terrorism and terrorism-related tips/leads
  2. 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
  3. Help others within their agency identify potential suspicious activity and report on activity to the appropriate fusion center
  4. Stay engaged and participate in trainings and meetings offered by the ILO Program

Applying for the ILO Program

For any questions about the application process, email ILO@dps.ohio.gov.

In order to join, each applicant is required to complete the two attached forms and email them to ILO@dps.ohio.gov:

  1. HLS 0211 Intelligence Liaison Officer Application
  2. HLS 0233 ILO Non-Disclosure Agreement

All new ILOs are required to complete the Virtual Ohio Intelligence Liaison Officer Workshop within 3 months of joining the program. This course takes a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete, and covers the following topics:

  • Intelligence Liaison Officer (ILO) Program Overview
  • Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (P/CRCL) Overview
  • Ohio Fusion Center Network (OFCN) Overview


After joining the ILO program, please register to complete the Workshop through the following instructions:

  1. Visit the Public Safety Training Campus at https://learning.dps.ohio.gov/PSTC/
  2. Create a new account or log-in to an existing account
  3. Within the Course Catalog, search for Course ID WBT705
  4. Complete the Ohio Intelligence Liaison Officer Workshop training
  5. Once finished with the course, the user will receive a Certificate of Completion


If you have any questions regarding the training, please contact ILO@dps.ohio.gov.

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:

  1. Visit: https://services.dps.ohio.gov/CIMS/Login.aspx
  2. Click “Sign Up” below the “Don’t have CIMS Account?” box at the bottom of the page
  3. Fill out required information and submit

Additional ILO Trainings/Resources - Optional

The following trainings and resources are optional, but we strongly encourage our ILOs to complete:

  • 28 CFR Part 23 Training – use the preauthorization code SY5DR
  • Nationwide SAR Initiative - Suspicious Activity Reporting Training
  • Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)
  • Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (for government employees only)
  • SANS Institute Cyber Security Trainings – Ohio Homeland Security has partnered with the SANS Institute to provide cyber security related trainings to our ILO partners, at no cost! Trainings include a wide range of topics: Malware, Email & Phishing, Targeted Attacks, Hacking, Protecting Your Kids Online, Working from Home, Virtual Conferencing, Browsing Safely, and many more! If you are interested in taking advantage of these training opportunities, please follow the instructions below.
    1. Visit the Public Safety Training Campus at https://learning.dps.ohio.gov/PSTC/
    2. Create a new account or log-in to an existing account
      • Search for the SANS course title as keywords
      • Enroll in the course
    3. Complete the SANS course module and pass the associated Knowledge Check
    4. Submit a course certificate and/or transcript from the PSTC showing completion for the course.
      • Send an email with your transcript and/or certificates as an attachment to OHScybertraining@dps.ohio.gov and your ILO Program and Public Safety Training Campus records will be updated.


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