Conn. law enforcement unit touts crime fighting - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Conn. law enforcement unit touts crime fighting

Connecticut officials say a little-known law enforcement unit featuring local, state and federal authorities has been vital to national efforts to fight and respond to terrorism and crime.

The Connecticut Intelligence Center in Hartford includes officials from the FBI and the federal Department of Homeland Security. It's among 78 so-called fusion centers nationwide set up after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to address what federal officials called failures in information sharing by law enforcement.

The center helped with investigations of the Newtown school shooting last year and a failed plot to bomb Times Square in 2010. It also has provided security assessments of schools across the state.

But the centers have faced questions by congressional investigators and the American Civil Liberties Union about their effectiveness and information gathering.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.