Fusion Center Recognition Awards

  Posted on: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Three Individuals Receive The NFCA's Lifetime Achievement Award

This year NFCA honored three dedicated individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards go to people who have dedicated so much to the betterment of the network and the security of the Nation. 

The first recipient of 2018 is Bryan Costigan, the former director of the Montana Analysis and Technical Information Center (MATIC). 

During his career, Bryan Costigan served with the Lewis & Clark Sheriff's Office, Helena Police Department, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation. He oversaw the Montana Analysis & Technical Information Center (MATIC) until his retirement in 2016. 

In addition to his investigative experience, Bryan conducted training on criminal extremist groups throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He instructed for the the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program. In addition, Bryan served as an instructor for National White Collar Crime Center's Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training program and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense. 

In 2014, he was honored as the Fusion Center Director of the Year by the membership of the National Fusion Center Association. 

In 2015, Bryan testified on behalf of the NFCA before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs about securing the border. He was a founding member of the NFCA executive board and served as the first secretary for the organization. 

After retiring from law enforcement, Bryan took a new role as the Security Director for the Montana State Lottery in Helena, MT. 

He is still active in strengthening the role of information sharing in the public safety arena. He served on the advisory board to the Homeland Security- State and Local Intelligence Community of Interest and the board for the Law Enforcement Intelligence Units Association. 

The second recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Norm Beasley of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Center (ACTIC). 

The Arizona Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) us a joint effort between the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other participating agencies. The ACTIC became operational in October of 2004. 

Norm Beasley and his colleague, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), RAY Churay, led the development and implementation of the ACTIC as one of the first fusion centers in the United States. They recruited 31 agencies to contribute to this groundbreaking effort. Norm later served as the Director of the ACTIC. 

Norm also served on the DHS/DOJ sponsored fusion center technical assistance program where he helped other states design and develop fusion centers based on the best practices and lessons learned from his work at the ACTIC. 

After 37 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Norm retired in 2008, and joined the Maricope County Sheriff's Office where he continues to support the ACTIC, as well as their Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program to this day. 

The third recipient of the 2018 award is John Sullivan, formerly the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group. The organization that would eventually become the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (LA-JRIC).

The Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group (LA TEW) was established in 1996. It was designed by Lt. John P. Sullivan of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The LA TEW included analysts from local, state, and federal agencies to produce a range of intelligence products at all phases of prevention and response. The TEW integrated criminal and operational intelligence to support strategic and tactical users. As part of this process, the TEW identified emerging threats and provided early warning by integrating inputs and analysis from a multidisciplinary, inter-agency team. 

The LA TEW served as the model and base for what would later become the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC), which opened its doors in 2006. 

John Sullivan and staff from the LA TEW partnered with DHS in 2003 to share best practices and lessons learned from the LA TEW with states and cities from across the nation, they eventually opened the National TEW Resource Center in partnership with DHS. These efforts helped many locations across the United States design and develop what would later become known as fusion centers. 

John Sullivan is a career police officer. He served as lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where he was the Director of both the LA TEW and the National TEW Resource Center. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Vortex Foundation in Bogota, Colombia and a senior research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST). 

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