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Idaho ranks 45th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations and is one of seven states that ranks 37th overall in the number of agencies established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 47th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 43rd in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 30th in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Idaho by analyzing data, including the following: * Idaho is one of 15 states that had no terrorism-related convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. * It is one of 18 states that have no metropolitan area that has been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. Idaho is one of 22 states with more than one Joint Terrorism Task Force. The Energy Department's Idaho National Laboratory has a homeland defense research mission, specializing in critical infrastructure protection, nuclear and contraband detection, and physical security technology.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 30

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 8

73.3% Pre-9/11

26.7% Post-9/11

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Idaho is organized into six emergency-response regions. The state is located in FEMA Region X; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Seattle.

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 188430


  • Counterterrorism

    The Idaho Joint Terrorsim Task Force (JTTF) is located in Boise, with a JTTF annex of the FBI Seattle field office in Coeur d'Alene. Idaho is a member of the tri-state Inland Northwest Regional Terrorism Task Force (with Montana and Washington). The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Boise.

  • Intelligence

    Idaho is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN).

    At the federal level, the FBI Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Salt Lake City covers Idaho. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Seattle has jurisdiction over Idaho.

  • Fusion

    The Idaho Criminal Intelligence Center, a component of the Idaho State Police, is responsible for integrating, analyzing, producing and disseminating actionable criminal intelligence in combating terrorism and criminal activity through an all-crimes approach.

  • Homeland Security

    The state Bureau of Homeland Security, part of the Idaho Military Division, is responsible for the coordination of the state's response to an emergency or disaster. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, the DHS Protective Security Advisor in Salt Lake City has jurisdiction over Idaho.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Idaho State Police (ISP) is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes a Bureau of Criminal Identification and an investigations division. The ISP is responsible for dealing with domestic and foreign terrorism (and any associated criminal activities), white-collar crime, major drug traffickers and financiers, computer crimes, and security services for public officials and government buildings. The Idaho Statistical Analysis Center (ISAC) researches drug and other violent crimes and collects criminal data for the state. Idaho falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Salt Lake City field office, which has resident agencies in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Pocatello and Twin Falls.

  • Emergency Management

    The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (BHS) is the state's emergency management and response agency. The Idaho Emergency Operations Center (IDEOC), a joint operation with the Idaho National Guard Joint Operations Center (IDNG JOC), is the state emergency and non-emergency watch center. Idaho is a member of the Pacific Northwest Emergency Management Arrangement (PNEMA), along with three other states, British Columbia and the Yukon.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
101st Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Boisex
Ada County Sheriff's OfficeBoise 
Boise JTTF (FBI)Boisex
Boise Police DepartmentBoise 
Boise Resident Agency (FBI)Boise 
Boise Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)Boise 
Boise Satellite Office (ATF)Boise 
Idaho Adjutant General (TAG)Boise 
Idaho Air National GuardBoise 
Idaho Army National GuardBoise 
Idaho ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Boisex
Idaho Bureau of Homeland SecurityBoisex
Idaho Criminal Intelligence Center (Idaho Bur. of Homeland Sec.)Boise 
RAC Boise (ICE)Boise 
State of Idaho Citizen Corps CouncilBoisex
USAO District of Idaho (U.S. Attorney)Boise 
USMS District of Idaho (Marshals)Boise 
USSS Boise (Secret Service)Boise 
Coeur d'Alene JTTF Annex (FBI)Coeur d'Alenex
Coeur d'Alene Resident Agency (FBI)Coeur d'Alene 
Idaho Falls Resident Agency (FBI)Idaho Falls 
RAC Idaho Falls (ICE)Idaho Falls 
Lewiston Resident Agency (FBI)Lewiston 
Idaho State PoliceMeridian 
AFOSI Det 221 (Air Force)Mountain Home AFB 
Nampa Police DepartmentNampax
Pocatello Police DepartmentPocatellox
Pocatello Resident Agency (FBI)Pocatello 
RA Twin Falls (ICE)Twin Falls 
Twin Falls Resident Agency (FBI)Twin Falls 

The escalating threat of terrorism and the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) may create a disaster emergency condition where federal assistance is needed, or even injected into the state. A counter-terrorism operation implemented by federal authorities will be coordinated with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and the Idaho State Police. Any terrorist incident within Idaho will require notification and involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as other federal agencies, to support the local and state government response and recovery operations.”

Source: Idaho Emergency Operations Plan, 2009

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyExtreme heat; Floods; Wildfires; Winter storms; Extreme cold
Domestic SecurityIslamic Assembly of North America; White supremacists
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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