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.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 24
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 8
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security||Dover||x|
|Delaware State Police||Dover|
|Del. Counter-Terrorism Unit||Dover||x|
|Del. Information Analysis Center (DIAC)||Dover|
|Del. State Police Intelligence Unit||Dover||x|
|Dover Resident Agency (FBI)||Dover|
|RA Dover (ICE)||Dover|
|AFOSI Det 306 (Air Force)||Dover AFB|
|New Castle County Police Department||New Castle|
|32nd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Smyrna||x|
|Delaware Citizen Corps||Smyrna||x|
|Del. Emergency Management Agency||Smyrna|
|ATAC District of Del. (U.S. Attorney)||Wilmington||x|
|Delaware Adjutant General (TAG)||Wilmington|
|Delaware Air National Guard||Wilmington|
|Delaware Army National Guard||Wilmington|
|Del. JTTF / Wilmington JTTF Annex (FBI)||Wilmington||x|
|Del. National Guard JFHQ||Wilmington||x|
|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
|Public Safety||Floods; Hurricanes; Thunderstorms|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|