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by Rena Fulgencio, staff writer


Information and/or intelligence reported to the tip line is analyzed by the JIC. Iraqi intelligence and analysts then channel the information toward the proper Iraqi army, IPS, or DBE liaison officer to coordinate the appropriate investigation, cordon and search, seizure or capture. A wide range of useful information is gathered by this passive criminal intelligence collection method. Iraqi citizens have reported suspected weapons and explosive caches, the whereabouts of high-profile terrorists and insurgents, the locations of IEDs, and the targets of vehicle-borne IEDs. Each Iraqi province has its own dedicated JCC tip line number. When dialed, this dedicated line lets Iraqis report suspicious activity by speaking directly to an Iraqi police officer. Also, there is a national tip line number that can be dialed from anywhere in the country. Some regional JCCs have also established successful “Internet tip Web sites” that collect information about a wide variety of terrorist, insurgent, and criminal activities. The tip line concept has made the JCC the centerpiece in promoting public safety by giving Iraqi citizens the opportunity to contribute to the security of Iraq.

Provincial Joint Coordination Centers and Iraqi Police Chiefs Conferences
One focus of the coalition is to create an atmosphere that promotes interagency cooperation among the ISF elements throughout Iraq. An especially useful concept is the quarterly PJCC and Iraqi police chiefs conference. The main focus of the conferences is to share information about terrorist, insurgent, and criminal trends and to unify efforts to suppress anti-Iraqi and anti-coalition forces. These conference cover a wide range of military, police, and criminal intelligence information, as well as election security plans. PJCC directors and Iraqi police chiefs discuss terrorist, insurgent, and criminal trends in Iraq. One significant trend discussed by the Iraqi police chiefs is an increase in kidnappings in northern Iraq. The Iraqi police chiefs contend that these kidnappings are linked primarily to organized crime elements. It appears that the kidnappings are committed to extort money from family members. Local news stories report that 10 to 20 people are kidnapped daily in Iraq, with ransoms of $20,000 to $30,000 being negotiated for a safe release. The conferences also noted that IEDs are still the weapon of choice for terrorists and insurgents to attack the Iraqi army, Iraqi police, and coalition personnel. Unfortunately, an average of 70 Iraqi police officers are killed monthly in Iraq. This has made being an Iraqi police one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

Iraq’s new 911 System-The Advanced First Responder Network.
An additional issue related to Iraq’s national public safety is the installation of and training for the Advanced First Responder Network (AFRN) telecommunication system. Similar to the 911 police emergency telephone system in the United States, the AFRN will enable the JCCs to quickly determine the location of an incident and coordinate for appropriate Iraqi army or IPS response to the terrorist, insurgent, or criminal groups involved. The AFRN will link all elements of the ISF, as well as fire and ambulance services into one state-of-the-art telecommunication network. This network will provide a level of encryption that will permit the ISF to maintain secure communications when responding to terrorist bombings or insurgent attacks.

As Iraq moves through the process of liberation, stabilization, and democratization, the security situations, threat conditions, and public safety needs will change and the strength of the JCCs will continue to evolve and adapt to these changes. Whether serving as a command and control center for a national election or as an emergency operations center countering ongoing terrorist attacks, the JCCs give the ISF a unique advantage by creating unity of efforts; sharing intelligence; and coordinating responses that undermine, neutralize, and defeat a wide range of terrorist, insurgent, and criminal threats.


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