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toward daily. “With resources and critical tools ranging from geospatial offerings, secure communications, real-time information sharing, and active collaboration capabilities in one secure location, HSIN users can maintain heightened situational awareness, streamline operation and coordinate responses across multiple agencies and jurisdictions, regardl ess of location,” said Sloan. The GISAC team works diligently each day to keep HSIN and its communities working efficiently to ensure information can be received and shared in real-time to support the law enforcement communities in Georgia. This keeps citizens safe and moves everyone toward the common public safety mission of making the state and nation safer for everyone. ■ For more information on accessing HSIN as a user or an agency, contact Michael Polynice at michael.polynice@gema.ga.gov https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2017-Year-in-Review.pdf one fusion center, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation in active users who use the network to share information, behind larger intelligence commu- nities such as New York, California, Texas, Florida and Maryland/DC. “There is a very diverse and robust user base in Georgia with seven communities of interest, including cyber security, gang intelligence, law enforcement, emergency management, critical infrastructure and campus and school safety,” said Michael Polynice, HSIN Coordinator for Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. “This network serves more than 3000 users in Georgia and serves the entire homeland security enterprise here.” While HSIN communities are relied upon for major event coor- dination and daily operations, they’re also used by colleges and universities to keep campuses and students safe. The Georgia College Campus and K-12 School Safety Community is the first of its kind in the nation and contains case management systems for campus police throughout the state. “This is an invaluable tool for sharing information across schools and campuses,” said Jeff Hunnicutt, physical security specialist with Geor- gia Institute of Technology Police Department. Working with law enforcement officers at other schools, such as Eric Aguiar, crime prevention officer at Georgia State University, Hunnicutt believes HSIN is an excellent repository of information whose biggest value is a vetted audience and secure connection to ensure information does not fall into the wrong hands. For Aguiar, HSIN is a way of sharing information to provide a collective public safety front. “There are several intelligence intersections inside HSIN,” he said, “but we’re all serving one public safety mission.” Sloan says the seamless inter- agency collaboration allows different organizations to work together as a team, which is exactly what Georgia communities of interest are working DISPATCH | 13