The Governor’s Eight Executive Orders: What they mean for Law Enforcement and Fusion Centers

Jennifer Szimanski
CLEAT Public Affairs Coordinator

On September 5, 2019, Governor Abbott released his executive orders relating to the prevention of mass attacks.  I recently worked in a fusion center as a sworn peace officer and was entrenched in the process of networking, gathering, vetting and sharing information in a timely manner.  In large part, a fusion center’s mission is exactly what the Governor is attempting to accomplish; halt, derail, intervene in a mass casualty attack.

The first couple of orders relate directly to fusion centers which were created in our country after 9/11.  The intent was to create an environment in which local law enforcement agencies could report information to a regional information gathering center.  The center would then analyze, vet, and share information with other local, State, and Federal agencies.

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Why Recent Changes To The Texas Public Information Act Should Have All Officers Refusing To Use Their Own Personal Electronic Devices For Work (REVISED and EXTENDED)

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Good CLEAT bills that became Law in 2019

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Day 2: The Facts Surrounding the Public Safety Crisis in Dallas

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URGENT: Contact Texas Governor Abbott Today in Support of SB 1582

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BREAKING: Officer Class C Discretion, Employment Files Saved

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BREAKING: CLEAT Opposed to House Action on SB 815

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CLEAT Endorses Senator John Cornyn

April 25, 2019  Contact: Alex Price CLEAT Public Affairs 512.495.9111 For Immediate Release to all Texas News Organizations AUSTIN -The Executive Board of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT, has voted unanimously to endorse the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. “We need John Cornyn’s strong leadership in Washington…
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