Connecticut ranks 36th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with Montana and West Virginia), and is one of seven states that rank 37th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 38th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 32nd in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked ninth in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 38
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 8
Connecticut is divided into five emergency management regions that closely parallel the emergency medical services regions of the state Department of Public Health. It is located in FEMA Region I; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Boston.
The Connecticut Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located at the FBI field office in New Haven. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut in New Haven has a national security and major-crimes unit that is responsible for prosecuting matters involving international and domestic terrorism, as well as other major crimes, and hosts the Connecticut Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC). ATAC membership includes approximately 100 local, state and federal organizations, all of which coordinate with the counterterrorism effort via the FBI's JTTF or Field Intelligence Group (FIG) and/or the Connecticut Threat Information Center (CTIC).
At the state level, the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security's (DEMHS) Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) is responsible for coordinating efforts and fostering partnerships with local, state and federal agencies. Connecticut State Police detectives staff the OCT, including the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU), the Connecticut JTTF and the Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC).
Connecticut is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), the Long Island Sound Security Initiative and NYPD Shield. At the state level, five Regional Intelligence Liaison Officers (RILOs) have been identified and assigned to the CTIC from each of the five Connecticut Chiefs of Police regions.
At the federal level, the FBI New Haven Field Intelligence Group, which is co-located with the Connecticut Intelligence Center, the state's fusion center, is the lead intelligence agency. The Immgration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Boston has jurisdiction over Connecticut.
The Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC), the state's fusion center, was established in 2005. The CTIC is a joint operation of the Connecticut State Police and the FBI and is located at the FBI's New Haven office. Connecticut has appointed at least one intelligence liaison officer from each local or police department or State Police Troop who is responsible for passing intelligence to the CTIC.
In 2004, Connecticut merged the functions of its Division of Homeland Security, then within the Department of Public Safety, with the Office of Emergency Management, then within the Military Department, creating the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS). The DEMHS's Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit is responsible for building an effort to prevent, deter, disrupt, neutralize or mitigate the effects of a deliberate attack by terrorists designed to destroy, incapacitate or exploit key sites. The unit conducts physical security/vulnerability assessments and works with federal and local agencies to implement the Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP). To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a Department of Homeland Security Protective Security Advisor is located in New Haven.
The Connecticut Department of Public Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the State Police and a homeland security division. Officers of the State Police staff the DEMHS Office of Counter Terrorism. The Connecticut Statistical Analysis Center (CT-SAC) within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) functions as a clearinghouse for justice-related information. The FBI's New Haven field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Bridgeport, Hartford and Meriden.
The Emergency Preparedness Division of the Connecticut DEMHS, headed by the state director of emergency management, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The division includes a radiological emergency preparedness unit and an urban search-and-rescue unit. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), located in Hartford, is operated by the DEMHS and is the state's coordination center for emergency services.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Bridgeport Resident Agency (FBI)||Bridgeport|
|Bridgeport Resident Office (Diplomatic Sec.)||Bridgeport|
|Connecticut Field Office (Defense Sec.)||Groton|
|NCIS Polygraph Site New London, Conn. (Navy)||Groton|
|NCIS Resident Agency New London (Navy)||Groton|
|Connecticut Adjutant General (TAG)||Hartford|
|Connecticut Air National Guard||Hartford|
|Connecticut Army National Guard||Hartford|
|Connecticut Citizen Corps||Hartford||x|
|Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security||Hartford|
|Connecticut Military Department||Hartford|
|Connecticut Office of Military Affairs||Hartford|
|Conn. National Guard JFHQ||Hartford||x|
|Conn. Office of Emergency Management||Hartford|
|Hartford Field Office / Hartford Satellite Office - Industry Operations (ATF)||Hartford|
|Hartford Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||Hartford|
|RAC Hartford (ICE)||Hartford|
|Meriden Resident Agency||Meriden|
|Conn. Department of Public Safety||Middletown|
|Connecticut State Police||Middletown|
|ATAC State of Conn. (U.S. Attorney)||New Haven||x|
|Conn. Intelligence Center (CTIC)||New Haven||x|
|New Haven Division (FBI)||New Haven|
|New Haven Field Office / New Haven Satellite Office (ATF)||New Haven|
|New Haven Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)||New Haven|
|New Haven JTTF / Conn. JTTF (FBI)||New Haven||x|
|New Haven Resident Agency (Defense)||New Haven|
|Protective Security Advisor New Haven District (DHS)||New Haven||x|
|RAC New Haven (ICE)||New Haven|
|USAO District of Connecticut (U.S. Attorney)||New Haven|
|USMS District of Connecticut (Marshals)||New Haven|
|USSS New Haven (Secret Service)||New Haven|
|Wallingford Field Office (Postal Inspection)||Wallingford|
|Army Operations Activity Detachment West Hartford (Military Intel.)||West Hartford||x|
|Connecticut Police Chiefs Association||West Hartford|
|Hartford Fraud Resident Agency (U.S. Army)||West Hartford|
|Conn. Department of Correction||Wethersfield|
|14th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Windsor Locks||x|
“Although none of Connecticut's cities rank in the nation's top 120 cities in terms of population, the state is considered a transportation hub for southern New England. It has three major roadways (I-91, I-84, and I-95) including one that crosses the entire shoreline through three of the state's five largest cities (Stamford, Bridgeport, and New Haven). The southwestern portion of the state is regarded as part of 'Metro-New York' and provides vital transportation infrastructure. In addition to the AMTRAK and Metro North train systems, there are a number of other mass public transportation assets including Bradley International Airport and three major deepwater ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London. Furthermore, while the state has no international iconic symbols such as the White House or the Statute of Liberty, it does have a concentration of military bases, defense contractors, a nuclear power plant, a large pharmaceutical complex, and two major casinos in southeast Connecticut.”Source: Homeland Security in Connecticut, 2007
|Public Safety||Hurricanes; Thunderstorms; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||Anti-government militias; White supremacists|