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Delaware ranks 49th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and is one of seven states that ranks 37th overall established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 49th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 48th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 41st in overall federal government expenditures.

Delaware is one of 15 states and territories that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. intelligence agencies assess as having no specific foreign or domestic terrorism threat, and it is one of 18 states that has no metropolitan area that has been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. Delaware is one of 13 states or territories where U.S. attorneys secured one terrorism conviction from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. The State Police operates a Counter-Terrorism Unit. Delaware has a fusion center in Dover and will be a member of the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC) when it opens in Philadelphia in 2011.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 24

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 8

66.7% Pre-9/11

33.3% Post-9/11

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Delaware is located in FEMA Region III; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Philadelphia.

Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement
Includes organizations at the federal, state and local levels that have the police powers to make arrests and investigate criminal matters.
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Organizations tasked with responding to natural disasters, attacks using weapons of mass destruction and other emergencies.
Homeland Security
Homeland Security
Organizations responsible for activities -- such as infrastructure protection, border control and planning for the aftermath of terrorist attacks -- handled mainly by the Department of Homeland Security.
Organizations, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, that work exclusively on terrorism cases.
Joint Terrorism Task Force
A multiagency task force, run by the FBI, that has the lead in investigating terrorism within the United States.
Intelligence and Fusion
Organizations that collect, analyze and share information about domestic threats.
Fusion Centers
Fusion Center
A place where information from multiple agencies in a state or region is sent to be analyzed.
Totals 1112124


  • Counterterrorism

    The Counter-Terrorism Unit of the Delaware State Police was established in April 2002, charged with investigating terrorism and related activities within the state. The Delaware Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), known as the Wilmington JTTF Annex, is a part of the FBI's Baltimore field office. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Wilmington.

  • Intelligence

    Delaware is a member of the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). At the state level, the Delaware State Police Intelligence Unit participates in the JTTF and operates a Counter-Terrorism Unit and an Electronic Surveillance Unit.

    At the federal level, the FBI's Baltimore Field Intelligence Group has jurisdiction over Delaware. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Philadelphia also has jurisdiction over Delaware.

  • Fusion

    The Delaware Information Analysis Center (DIAC), the state's fusion center, established in 2005, is a component of the Criminal Intelligence Section of the Delaware State Police and is permanently staffed by the State Police and the Delaware National Guard. The DIAC is a member of the five-state/D.C. NCR Fusion Center Directors Exchange Program, which includes analyst exchanges, FBI Terrorist Screening Center notifications and exchanges of criminal or border-crime data. Delaware will also be a participant in the upcoming Philadelphia-based Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC), a four-state (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey), 12-county initiative.

  • Homeland Security

    The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) was created in June 2003 as a replacement for the state Department of Public Safety. The DSHS includes the Delaware State Police, the Capitol Police, the Office of Highway Safety and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, the DHS Protective Security Advisor in Baltimore has jurisdiction over Delaware.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security is the statewide law enforcement agency, and includes the Capitol Police and the State Police. The Delaware Statistical Analysis Center provides research, analysis and projections relating to criminal justice issues. Delaware falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Baltimore field office, which has resident agencies in Dover and Wilmington.

  • Emergency Management

    The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) in Smyrna is part of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security and is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityDoverx
Delaware State PoliceDover 
Del. Counter-Terrorism UnitDoverx
Del. Information Analysis Center (DIAC)Dover 
Del. State Police Intelligence UnitDoverx
Dover Resident Agency (FBI)Dover 
RA Dover (ICE)Dover 
AFOSI Det 306 (Air Force)Dover AFB 
New Castle County Police DepartmentNew Castle 
32nd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Smyrnax
Delaware Citizen CorpsSmyrnax
Del. Emergency Management AgencySmyrna 
ATAC District of Del. (U.S. Attorney)Wilmingtonx
Delaware Adjutant General (TAG)Wilmington 
Delaware Air National GuardWilmington 
Delaware Army National GuardWilmington 
Del. JTTF / Wilmington JTTF Annex (FBI)Wilmingtonx
Del. National Guard JFHQWilmingtonx
RAC Wilmington (ICE)Wilmington 
USAO District of Delaware (U.S. Attorney)Wilmington 
USMS District of Delaware (Marshals)Wilmington 
USSS Wilmington (Secret Service)Wilmington 
Wilmington Field Office (ATF)Wilmington 
Wilmington Resident Agency (FBI)Wilmington 

The State of Delaware is vulnerable to a wide range of emergencies, including natural and technological disasters and disasters caused by weapons of mass destruction, all of which threaten the life, health, and safety of its people; damage and destroy property; disrupt services and everyday business and recreational activities; and impede economic growth and development ... this vulnerability is exacerbated by the State's growing population, especially the number of persons residing in coastal areas, in the elderly and at-risk populations, and in the number of seasonal vacationers.”

Source: Delaware Executive Order 13, 2009

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Hurricanes; Thunderstorms
Domestic SecurityNone identified.
Sourcing: Natural hazards are taken from DHS documents and State Emergency Operations Plans. Domestic terrorist threats are based upon U.S. government intelligence documents and actual attacks undertaken since 2001.

This project was last updated in September 2010. Data is accurate as of that date.
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