CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Fusion Center marked its 10-year anniversary Saturday.

The W.Va. Intelligence Fusion Center was first formed on March 17, 2008, in response to what happened to the U.S. during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“As a result, an array of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies as well as private sector partners now share information, resources and expertise. This approach harnesses their respective strengths to prevent, detect, investigate and respond to all hazards – including but not limited to terrorist and criminal activity,” a news release marking the anniversary said.

A ceremony was held at the Governor’s Mansion Friday to recognize the 10-year anniversary.

“During its 10-year history, the Fusion Center has accomplished so much behind the scenes,” DMAPS Secretary Jeff Sandy said. “The Fusion Center concept is simple in its purpose of protecting Americans from domestic and international threats to our way of life, but complex in its methods to achieve those goals. The citizens of West Virginia owe it a world of thanks.”