The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Police (DP) has one officer designated as Intelligence Coordinator. The current Intelligence Coordinator comes to the NIH DP with several years experience in intelligence investigations. The duties of the Intelligence Coordinator include monitoring all potential and actual threats against the NIH. These threats are diverse and include terrorism and biodefense issues, animal rights extremists, and frauds. The NIH occupies a unique position in medical research because of the size, diversity of staff and the broad scope of NIH research to further human health. Certain aspects of this research are opposed by groups and individuals.
It is the function of the Intelligence Coordinator to analyze hundreds of data communications, research specialized shared databases, synthesize and filter the data gathered and inform senior management and the research communities if this opposition could result in a disruption to NIH operations by briefing the appropriate NIH personnel on emerging and existing threats.
The Intelligence Coordinator acts as liaison for intelligence matters to local, state and federal law enforcement on behalf of the NIH. As liaison, the Intelligence Coordinator receives and disseminates threat information throughout the law enforcement community. The Intelligence Coordinator is the NIH representative to various intelligence organizations and communicates with these external agencies on a regular basis to ensure currency of information.
Further information regarding intelligence gathering may be acquired by calling the intelligence office at 301-496-2387.