Since its establishment in February 2010, the ATICC has helped Colorado law enforcement continue its successful campaign against auto theft. In 2010, reported auto thefts fell 9 percent.
Another key success is data centralization: all auto-theft-related information for the state now flows through the fusion center. “The ATICC has become the regional hub for Colorado law enforcement to obtain the daily, weekly, and monthly information regarding the stolen vehicles in all of Colorado,” says Garcia. “Previously, law enforcement had to utilize several resources to obtain this information.”
The center’s success has already made it a national model as it establishes information-sharing partnerships with the DEA and DHS to share license plate information on the border. “Unfortunately, a lot of the vehicles stolen here make their way to Mexico for their value or [are] being used to smuggle drugs back across the border,” says Garcia. The partnership will eventually allow all agencies involved to cross reference vehicles stolen in Colorado with the license plates of cars crossing back and forth over the border that are captured by license plate readers.
With successful information-sharing partnerships established around terrorism and auto thefts, the CIAC is looking for its next crime to tackle. Currently, a leading contender is arson. But expansion will only occur if success is possible. “Pick one crime, do it well,” says Garcia. If not, warns Leffler, “You’ve lost your credibility, you’ve lost trust, and you failed before you really even started.”