Arkansas ranks 29th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 22nd overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Minnesota and West Virginia). In dollar amount, the state ranked 14th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 35th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 35th in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 49
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 16
Arkansas is located in FEMA Region VI; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is located in Denton, Tex.
The Arkansas Joint Terrorism Task Force is in Little Rock, with a JTTF Annex in Fayetteville. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in Little Rock and Fort Smith. The Eastern District of Arkansas ATAC includes members from federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as the banking, energy, rail, shipping and investment industries.
Arkansas is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC). Arkansas is also a member of Southern Shield, a consortium of state homeland security and law enforcement officials from 14 Southeastern states and territories.
At the federal level, the FBI Little Rock Field Intelligence Group covers all counties in the state. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in New Orleans has jurisdiction for Arkansas.
The Arkansas State Fusion Center, established in 2008, is organizationally located within the Department of the Arkansas State Police.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) incorporates homeland security and preparedness functions and maintains a representative at the Arkansas JTTF. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Little Rock.
The Arkansas State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency, responsible for maintaining coordination and cooperation across jurisdictional lines to "detect and prevent terrorism." The Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) is responsible for crime statistics and access to criminal information databases, providing information technology services to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies in Arkansas; it serves more than 250 locations. The FBI Little Rock field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Marion (West Memphis), Pine Bluff and Texarkana.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), also the state's homeland security agency, serves as the state's coordination center for all four stages of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|USAO Eastern District of Arkansas (U.S. Attorney)|
|USAO Western District of Arkansas (U.S. Attorney)|
|El Dorado Resident Agency (FBI)||El Dorado|
|Fayetteville Office (Drug Enforcement)||Fayetteville|
|Fayetteville Resident Agency (FBI)||Fayetteville|
|Fayettteville JTTF Annex (FBI)||Fayetteville||x|
|RA Fayetteville (ICE)||Fayetteville|
|ATAC Western District of Ark. (U.S. Attorney)||Fort Smith||x|
|Fort Smith Office (Drug Enforcement)||Fort Smith|
|Fort Smith Satellite Office (ATF)||Fort Smith|
|Ft. Smith Resident Agency (FBI)||Fort Smith|
|USMS Western District of Ark. (Marshals)||Fort Smith|
|RAC Ft. Smith (ICE)||Ft. Smith|
|Hot Springs Resident Agency (FBI)||Hot Springs|
|Jonesboro Resident Agency (FBI)||Jonesboro|
|Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police||Little Rock||x|
|Arkansas Department of Corrections||Little Rock||x|
|Arkansas Highway Patrol||Little Rock||x|
|Arkansas Sheriff's Association||Little Rock||x|
|Arkansas State Police||Little Rock||x|
|Ark. Crime Information Center||Little Rock|
|Ark. Department of Health||Little Rock||x|
|Ark. Fusion Center (State Police)||Little Rock||x|
|Ark. Game and Fish Commission||Little Rock||x|
|ATAC Eastern District of Ark. (U.S. Attorney)||Little Rock||x|
|Little Rock Field Office (FBI)||Little Rock|
|Little Rock Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)||Little Rock|
|Little Rock JTTF/Ark. JTTF (FBI)||Little Rock||x|
|Little Rock Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||Little Rock|
|Little Rock Satellite Office/Industry Operations (ATF)||Little Rock|
|Little Rock Station (Border Patrol)||Little Rock|
|Protective Security Advisor Little Rock District (DHS)||Little Rock||x|
|RAC Little Rock (ICE)||Little Rock|
|USMS Eastern District of Arkansas (Marshals)||Little Rock|
|USSS Little Rock (Secret Service)||Little Rock|
|AFOSI Det 427 (Air Force)||Little Rock AFB|
|Marion (W. Memphis) Resident Agency (FBI)||Marion|
|61st Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||North Little Rock||x|
|Arkansas Adjutant General (TAG)||North Little Rock|
|Arkansas Air National Guard||North Little Rock|
|Arkansas Army National Guard||North Little Rock|
|Arkansas Citizen Corps||North Little Rock||x|
|Arkansas DOMS (Nat'l Guard)||North Little Rock|
|Ark. Department of Emergency Management (ADEM)||North Little Rock|
|Ark. National Guard JFHQ/JOC||North Little Rock||x|
|Pine Bluff Resident Agency (FBI)||Pine Bluff|
|Redstone Military Intelligence Detachment||Redstone Arsenal|
|RAC Texarkana (ICE)||Texarkana|
|Texarkana Resident Agency (FBI)||Texarkana|
“Arkansas regards terrorism as a potential threat to its security, as well as a violent criminal act, and applies all appropriate means to combat this threat. In doing so, the State vigorously pursues efforts to deter and preempt these crimes and to apprehend and prosecute directly, or assist foreign governments in prosecuting, individuals who perpetrate or plan terrorist attacks.”Source: Arkansas Emergency Operations Plan: Terrorism Incident, Law Enforcement and Investigation Annex, 2010
|Public Safety||Extreme heat; Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes|
|Domestic Security||Homegrown Islamic terrorists|