Delaware Valley Intelligence Center Opens its Doors
District Attorney Jack Whelan joined Mayor Michael Nutter along with national, state, and regional partners for the grand opening of the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC). The DVIC is a state-of-the art facility equipped with the latest technologies, collaborative partnerships, and multi-disciplinary professionals working jointly to support the public safety mission throughout the Philadelphia region.
The DVIC shares the same mission as other state and major urban area intelligence centers – known as fusion centers – by fusing non-traditional collectors of intelligence such as public health organizations, colleges and universities, and private businesses with law enforcement to provide meaningful information and intelligence about potential threats. The center will also allow emergency responders to better identify and forecast crime, terrorism and all types of hazards including weather events.
“We use the DVIC center on a regular basis. Four years ago we started a project called Operation Waterstander and that was to make the Delaware River safer. Through our contract with Boeing, through Homeland Security and federal funds, right now you would not know, but there are radar and cameras in Delaware County, along the river, safeguarding the people in Delaware County as well as throughout the region,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Now we can identify a vessel coming up the river and whether that vessel poses a threat. The DVIC provides the monitoring of the cameras and the radar and the DVIC will provide additional monitoring as that project expands.”