BLANCO, Texas (KXAN) — The Blanco, Texas police department says it will launch a Blanco Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) in April, according to a statement Tuesday.
The specifics of the BRIC were not disclosed, but the statement reads in part:
“BRIC is a collaborative effort of multiple Public Safety Agencies in the surrounding counties. BRIC partner agencies will work together to provide resources, expertise and/or information to the center and will focus on regional public safety data analysis.”
In an interview with KXAN, Blanco Police Chief Michael Ritchey said of BRIC that one reason for creating it was the inroads a student resource officer (essentially a law enforcement officer dedicated to patrolling public schools in Blanco) was making with students.
“We have an opportunity now to reach out to our entire public and citizens and school district and gather information if needed,” Chief Ritchey said.
Additionally, the Blanco Police Department says it will partner with the Austin Regional Intelligence Center to share and gather information when needed. ARIC is a collaboration between 17 public safety agencies. In part, it works to provide information to detect, prevent or interrupt “serial criminal conduct, organized crime, terrorist activity.”