What is a Terrorism Liaison Officer?

A terrorism liaison officer (TLO) is an individual who has completed a fusion center recognized TLO Basic course in the state of California and can serve as a point of contact for a public safety agency in matters related to terrorism information and intelligence. A TLO, though not necessarily an expert in terrorism, attends meetings when able, receives training and intelligence from the local fusion center, online resources, and other agencies engaged in homeland security initiatives. The TLO then educates others within his or her agency, thereby enhancing situational awareness, early warning, and operational readiness.

Who Can Become a TLO Partner?

Law Enforcement - Fire/EMS - Health - Public Health - Military - Tribal


Benefits of Becoming a TLO Partner

  • Receive TLO training
  • Access to TLO materials and resources
  • JRIC bulletins and notifications via e-mail
  • Ability to connect with other vetted TLO partners via message board

How to Become a TLO Partner

  • Register for Training - See Calendar for Upcoming Classes
  • Complete the Training Class and Receive TLO Accreditation / Certification
  • TLO Basic - 8 hrs.
  • TLO Advanced (various courses)
  • Certifications: Continuing Education (CE), Standard Training for Corrections (S.T.C), Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T)

TLO Outreach

The following form will allow agencies within the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC's) 6 county area of responsibility to request an informational presentation (in person or in webinar format) about how the JRIC can best assist or serve individual agencies of all sizes and types. In general, this form is for Law Enforcement, Fire, Health, Military and Tribal partners. Complete the form below and select one of the services offered:

Submit TLO Outreach Request

For questions regarding the TLO Program, please email Training@jric.org

Frequently Asked Questions


Do All TLOs Perform the same duties?

  • No. TLOs represent law enforcement agencies, fire departments, health and public health agencies. Each of these disciplines has unique needs in dealing with the threat of terrorism. Although the information, intelligence, and training provided is frequently the same, the roles that these agencies play are quite different. As such, some TLOs may be more focused on detection and deterrence, whereas others may be more concerned with response issues. The role of the agency will dictate the specific responsibilities of their TLO.

What are the typical duties of a TLO?

  • Serve as their agency's point of contact in matters related to terrorism and terrorism-related tips and leads.
  • Maintain a relationship with the local fusion center (such as the JRIC); receiving and disseminating terrorism-related information and intelligence to others in their agency in a timely and lawful manner. Information and intelligence received must only be shared with those that have a valid need and right to know the information.
  • Help others within their agency identify potential terrorism-related situations and share intelligence related to terrorist activity.
  • Receive leads that originate from within their agency regarding suspicious activity that may be related to terrorism and forwarding the information to the local fusion center for follow-up. The TLO may also refer the reporting party to the fusion center for suspicious activity reporting.
  • Conduct, coordinate, and/or assist with department training in topics related to terrorism.
  • Conduct, coordinate, and/or facilitate community meetings, conferences, and other terrorism information-sharing activities.