AUSTIN (KXAN) — Central Texas is just days away from 9/11 ceremonies. It’s been almost 15 years and for Commander Darryl Jamail with Austin Police Department’s Intelligence Division, it’s a day he can’t and won’t forget.
“I remember exactly where I was. I think most people probably do,” said Jamail, who was a detective with APD at the time. Now he leads a division that was born out of
Now he leads a division that was born out of crisis: the Austin Regional Intelligence Center. The division works with law enforcement up and down Interstate 35 from Bell County to Comal County.
“We rely on the first responders, paramedics, firefighters, police or whoever to get us anything that is suspicious activity or something that is potentially criminal or terrorist in nature so we can investigate it,” said Jamail.
It was a suspicious activity call that led Jamail’s division to Michael Wolfe. The Austin man was arrested in 2014 for trying to board a flight to Syria. Court documents say Wolfe was headed to the Middle East to help radical groups.
Jamail admits threats to our nation’s safety is changing and now more focused on the web.
“Back then, we looked at al-Qaeda and they are in Afghanistan and they are the enemy and this is who we are going after. Now, we are seeing threats that are coming in just over the internet and people are getting radicalized in our country,” said Jamail.
Since 9/11 there are more security procedures in place not just at the airport, but also when you go into a lot of buildings. Most now have security around the building and some require a photo ID at the front desk. Large gatherings whether parades or a football game are held are also closely monitored by intelligence divisions like the one in Austin.
The Austin Regional Intelligence Center, which is funded by law enforcement agencies in Central Texas, was established in 2010 with more than a dozen staff including officers and detectives. The division receives about 30 suspicious reports a month, some of which have turned into full-fledged investigations.