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Investigator Exclusive: Counter-terrorism operation in Cleveland gets makeover

9:28 AM, Oct 6, 2010   |    comments
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Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid will be running the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center.

It's supposed to collect information from federal, state and local authorities, analyzes it for leads to potential crimes, then sends it to police.

But most police officers never even heard of the operation.

The Channel 3 News investigation of the program showed it had produced few, if any, significant results in the three years its been in existence.

"Right now, we're not connecting the dots, and that's what we should be doing, crime anlaysis and intelligence analysis," Reid said.

The Sheriff's office has already reviewed 78 counter-terrorism units across the country to find the best way to run the Fusion Center here.

Reid says the goal is faster and more thorough investigations to protect the general public from violent criminals.

The county's Justice Affairs office turned over control to the sheriff. Acting Director Hugh Shannon acknowledged that it simply didn't have the law enforcement expertise required of the program.


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