|Intelligence agency overview|
|Formed||October 15, 2014|
|Intelligence agency executive|
|Parent Intelligence agency||Secretariat of State for Security|
The Intelligence Center for Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime (Spanish: Centro de Inteligencia para la lucha contra el Terrorismo y la Delincuencia Organizada, CITCO) is the Spanish domestic intelligence agency responsible for the prevention of terrorism, organized crime and other violent radical organizations by managing and analyzing all internal information of the country. It was formed in October 2014 by merging of the National Anti-Terrorism Coordination Center and Intelligence Center against Organized Crime.
The agency was created on October 15, 2014 by the Royal Decree 873/2014, of 10 October 2014, which modified the Royal Decree 400/2012, of 17 February 2014, by which the basic structure of the Ministry of the Interior was developed. The agency resulted from the merged of two predecessor domestic intelligence agencies, the National Anti-Terrorism Coordination Center (CNCA) and the Intelligence Center against Organized Crime (CICO) under the Secretariat of State for Security within the Ministry of the Interior.[further explanation needed] The purpose of the union was to optimize efforts and take advantage of economic resources of both agencies in the face of growing threats and the link between violent extremist, terrorist organizations and organized crime.
CITCO is responsible for the reception, integration and analysis of the strategic information available in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and violent radicalism, the design of specific strategies against these threats, and, where appropriate, the establishment of criteria for Action and operational coordination of the bodies acting in the cases of coincidence or concurrence in the investigations, and in particular:
The agency´s personnel is composed from the National Police Corps (CNP), Civil Guard, Customs Surveillance Service, Prison officers, Armed Forces and Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI).