JCAT LogoUpdate BWSince 2007, the following jurisdictions have participated in the JCAT and ITACG fellowship programs:


  1. Abington Police Department, PA
  2. Albuquerque Police Department, NM
  3. Arlington Police Department, TX
  4. Atlanta Police Department, GA
  5. Aurora Police Department, CO
  6. Boston Police Department, MA
  7. California Highway Patrol
  8. Casper Police Department, WY
  9. Cincinnati Police Department
  10. City of Phoenix Fire Department, AZ
  11. Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, VA
  12. Fire Department City of New York
  13. Florida Department of Health, FL
  14. Florida Highway Patrol, FL
  15. Harris County Sheriffs Office, TX
  16. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, MN
  17. Houston Fire Department, TX
  18. Illinois State Police, IL
  19. Indiana State Police, IN
  20. Las Vegas Metro Police Department, NV
  21. Little Rock Police Department, AR
  22. Los Angeles Fire Department, CA
  23. Los Angeles Police Department, CA
  24. Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, MI
  25. Maricopa County Department of Health, AZ
  26. Minneapolis Police Department, MN
  27. Nebraska Health and Human Services, NE
  28. New Hanover County Sheriffss Office, NC
  29. New Jersey State Police, NJ
  30. Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, MI
  31. Ohio Strategic Analysis and Information Center, OH
  32. Oneida Indian Nation Police, NY
  33. Orange County Sheriff’s Office, CA
  34. Philadelphia Police Department, PA
  35. Phoenix Police Department, AZ
  36. Seattle Fire Department, WA
  37. Simi Valley Police Department, CA
  38. Union County Sheriff's Office, NC
  39. University of South Carolina
  40. Washington State Patrol, WA
  41. Washington D.C. Fire & EMS Department
  42. Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

JCAT LogoUpdate BWThe Value of a Fellowship

JCAT is a federal fellowship program that integrates state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) first responders and public safety professionals into the Intelligence Community (IC). JCAT participants work alongside analysts from NCTC, DHS, and FBI to analyze intelligence and produce products responsive to the counterterrorism mission of the first responder community. In this capacity, JCAT participants provide the “SLTT perspective” to federally coordinated finished counterterrorism intelligence.


After their fellowship, JCAT Officers return home to their departments with:


• Deep Insights into US efforts to counter violent extremism impacting communities nationwide
• Enhanced understanding of the federal counterterrorism landscape-roles, missions, capabilities, and current initiatives that can be leveraged to support local CT efforts
• Knowledge of current and emerging threat streams drawn from NCTC’s access and role as the nation’s primary organization for integrating and analyzing counterterrorism information and strategic operational planning
• Strong understanding of the intelligence cycle and how terrorist targets, tactics, and trends might impact officer safety, tactics development, training requirements, equipment purchases, staffing, and resource decisions in your agency
• Network of recognized counterterrorism experts drawn from professional interactions with NCTC, the IC, and across multiple federal agencies; access to SLTT alumni nationwide
• Critical thinking, tradecraft, and analytic skills developed through participation in IC training courses, on-the-job training, and analytic mentoring programs that pair JCAT participants with federal level analysts


Desired Experience


At the state, local, tribal, or territorial level in one or more of the following areas: law enforcement, fire service, multiagency task forces, long-term investigations, public safety, public health, intelligence, critical infrastructure, or information sharing/ homeland security. First responder experience is highly desirable.
Conducting research and analysis to produce intelligence assessments for the SLTT community; interpreting investigative information and extrapolating data for analysis, evaluation, and dissemination to appropriate officials; and identifying trends and knowledge gaps relating to terrorist plans, intentions, and capabilities for the SLTT community. Fusion Center experience is highly desirable.




JCAT offers federal fellowship opportunities to public safety professionals—law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire service, intelligence, homeland security, and public health officials—from state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies. This highly competitive program is sponsored by NCTC, DHS, and FBI and requires a one- year commitment in Washington, D.C., if selected.
Applicants must be a current employee from a state, local, tribal, or territorial (SLTT) agency and possess a working knowledge of the terrorism and homeland security information needs of SLTT partners.


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JCAT LogoUpdate BWFirst responders, performing homeland security or law enforcement activities on behalf of a state, local, tribal, or territorial government, can access unclassified CT information through US Government Internet portals. These websites contain intelligence products designed to enhance awareness of terrorism threats, tactics, techniques and procedures intended to help protect yourselves and your jurisdictions against potential terrorist attacks. For more information on how to access NCTC’s unclassified/for official use only CT products, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Counterterrorism Guide for Public Safety PersonnelCounterterrorism Guide for Public Safety Personnel

Public safety personnel are often positioned to identify suspicious activity potentially related to terrorism, and in some cases, first responders who have reported this information have helped to disrupt terrorist plans or attacks in the US. JCAT'S COUNTERTERRORISM GUIDE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL is designed to assist first responders in:
• RECOGNIZING and REPORTING suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism, consistent with the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative;
• SPOTTING indicators of mobilization to violence; and,
• RESPONDING and MITIGATING terrorist attacks.

IntelGuideFirstRespIntelligence Guide for First Responders
The JCAT would like to introduce the 2015 Intelligence Guide for First Responders. This guide is an update to the 2011 edition, and was produced by first responders for first responders, to improve information sharing among state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions and the federal government. This reference aid will:
• Highlight your role and responsibility as a consumer of intelligence information
• Demonstrate how to handle this information and why it must be protected
• Show you where to find this information and how to gain access to Internet-based U.S. Government systems
• Help you understand and participate in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative
• Provide an overview of the Intelligence Community, the intelligence cycle, and the products available to you
• Identify existing federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partnerships that you can use to carry out your duties and responsibilities

ctdigestCounterterrorism Digest

An UNCLASSIFIED compendium of international and domestic news focusing on CT information. It is produced by NCTC in collaboration with JCAT every Wednesday, and it includes relevant commentary on issues related to terrorism and CT. It is available on Internet-based, US Government information sharing systems.


ctweeklyCounterterrorism Weekly

A FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY periodical produced by NCTC in coordination with JCAT that focuses on international terrorism compiled from open source information with relevant commentary. It is posted to Internet-based, US Government information sharing systems.


rollcallFire Line & Roll Call Release

Fire Line & Roll Call Release are ad hoc, Unclassified//For Official Use Only, bulletin style, counterterrorism product intended to highlight potential targets, pre-attack indicators, and terrorism-related events for state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector personnel. Both products are available on DHS’ HSIN.gov, FBI’s LEO.gov, and the Domestic Security Alliance Council’s DSAC.gov.

firstrespondersFirst Responder Toolbox

First Responder Toolbox is an ad hoc, Unclassified//For Official Use Only, reference aid intended to promote counterterrorism coordination among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government authorities and partnerships with private sector officials in deterring, preventing, disrupting, and responding to terrorist attacks. First Responder Toolboxes are available on DHS’ HSIN.gov, FBI’s LEO.gov, and the Domestic Security Alliance Council’s DSAC.gov.

Law Enforcement Online (LEO)
Law Enforcement Online is the FBIs approved and accredited information sharing system for sensitive but unclassified information. LEO provides all levels of the law enforcement, criminal justice, and public safety communities access to its “anytime and anywhere” system for operational support, online training, and electronic communications.

hsinHomeland Security Information Network (HSIN)
The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is a national, secure, and trusted web-based portal for information sharing and collaboration among federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private-sector partners engaged in the homeland security mission.

leepLaw Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) is a secure, Internet-based information-sharing system for agencies involved in law enforcement, first response, criminal justice, counterterrorism, and intelligence.


rissRegional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Officer Safety Website is a secure, information-sharing website for law enforcement, dedicated to providing timely officer safety information and resources.


tripwireTechnical Resource For Incident Prevention (TRIPWIRE) is a free online information-sharing network designed to increase awareness of evolving improvised explosive device (IED) tactics, techniques, and procedures.


The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC)
The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), a strategic partnership between the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector, enhances communications and promotes the timely and bidirectional effective exchange of information keeping the nation's critical infrastructure safe, secure and resilient

JCAT LogoFINAL BlackTextThe mission of the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) is to improve information sharing and enhance public safety. In coordination with the FBI and DHS, JCAT collaborates with other members of the Intelligence Community to research, produce, and disseminate counterterrorism intelligence products for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government (SLTT) agencies and the private sector and advocates for the counterterrorism intelligence requirements and needs of these partners throughout the Intelligence Community.

About Us

JCAT members are state, local, tribal, and territorial first responders and public safety professionals from around the country, working side-by-side with federal intelligence analysts from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to research, produce, and disseminate counterterrorism intelligence for you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What We Do For You

• JCAT Fellows work at the National Counterterrorism Center under NCTC leadership alongside NCTC, FBI, and DHS analysts and support staff.

• Produce clear, relevant federally-coordinated threat information on significant international terrorism or terrorism-related events that have the potential to impact local or regional public safety conditions in the United States.

• Ensure terrorism-related information intended for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities is presented in a usable format that is, to the extent possible, unclassified, to facilitate further dissemination.

• Advise and make recommendations to the Intelligence Community on how to tailor its products to satisfy the needs of SLTT consumers of intelligence.

• Conduct outreach to the Intelligence Community and strengthen partnerships with SLTT partners to further enhance the awareness and understanding of the SLTT role in counterterrorism.

• Maintain a working knowledge of relevant terrorism, homeland security, and weapons of mass destruction issues.