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Indiana ranks 23rd of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 12th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Michigan and Virginia). In dollar amount, the state ranked 13th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 23rd in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 32nd in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Indiana by analyzing data, including the following: • Indiana had three terrorism-related convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department.
• Indianapolis is one of the 64 urban metropolitan areas that have been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. • The intelligence community ranks Indiana in the top 10 states with the largest Muslim populations, a measure that it applies to potential threats of homegrown terrorist involvement.

Indiana is one of 22 states with more than one Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 64

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 22

65.6% Pre-9/11

34.4% Post-9/11

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Indiana is organized into 10 homeland security/emergency response regions. The state is located in FEMA Region V; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Chicago.

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 4020464


  • Counterterrorism

    The Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council (CTASC), chaired by the lieutenant governor, develops and implements a comprehensive strategy to address terrorism in Indiana. The Indiana Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Indianapolis, with a JTTF annex in Bloomington. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in Hammond and Indianapolis.

  • Intelligence

    Indiana 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 federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Indianapolis. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Chicago has jurisdiction over Indiana. The Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Crown Point also performs criminal intelligence analysis.

  • Fusion

    The mission of the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center (IIFC), officially opened by then-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in December 2006, is to collect, evaluate, analyze and disseminate information and intelligence data regarding criminal and terrorist activity in Indiana. The IIFC, operated by the Indiana State Police Department, has integrated local police, fire and emergency management agencies into its information-sharing efforts.

  • Homeland Security

    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) was created in 2005 through the consolidation of the state's emergency management and homeland security efforts. Divisions within the department include planning and assessment, preparedness and training, and emergency response and recovery, which incorporates the former state emergency management agency. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Indianapolis.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Indiana State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency and maintains a statewide data and communications system called IDACS (Indiana Data and Communications System) to support information-sharing initiatives among local, state and federal agencies. The FBI's Indianapolis field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Merrillville, Muncie, New Albany, South Bend and Terre Haute.

  • Emergency Management

    The Division of Emergency Response and Recovery, which incorporates the former state emergency management agency, is a part of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the state emergency consequence/response agency.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Bloomington JTTF Annex (FBI)Bloomingtonx
Bloomington Resident Agency (FBI)Bloomington 
Carmel Police DepartmentCarmel 
NCIS Resident Unit Crane (Navy)Crane 
Lake County HIDTA (Nat'l Drug Control)Crown Point 
Indiana Resident Office (Defense Sec.)Edinburgh 
Evansville Office (Drug Enforcement)Evansville 
Evansville Resident Agency (FBI)Evansville 
USSS Evansville (Secret Service)Evansville? Newburgh 
Fort Wayne Field Office (ATF)Fort Wayne 
Fort Wayne Office (Drug Enforcement)Fort Wayne 
Ft. Wayne Resident Agency (FBI)Fort Wayne 
AFOSI Det 325 OL-J (Air Force)Grissom AFB 
AFOSI Det 101 OL-D (Air Force)Grissom ARB 
ATAC Northern District of Ind. (U.S. Attorney)Hammondx
USAO Northern District of Indiana (U.S. Attorney)Hammond 
53rd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Indianapolisx
AFOSI Det 101 OL-A (Air Force)Indianapolis 
ATAC Southern District of Ind. (U.S. Attorney)Indianapolisx
Ind. Bureau of Motor VehiclesIndianapolisx
Ind. Department of CorrectionIndianapolisx
Ind. Department of Natural Resources Director of Law EnforcementIndianapolisx
Ind. Gaming Commission - Division of Gaming AgentsIndianapolisx
Indiana Adjutant General (TAG)Indianapolis 
Indiana Air National GuardIndianapolis 
Indiana Army National GuardIndianapolis 
Indiana Association of Chiefs of PoliceIndianapolisx
Indiana Citizen Corps CouncilIndianapolisx
Indiana Department of AdminstrationIndianapolisx
Indiana Department of Homeland SecurityIndianapolisx
Indiana Excise PoliceIndianapolisx
Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center (IIFC)Indianapolisx
Indianapolis Division (FBI)Indianapolis 
Indianapolis Field Office (ATF)Indianapolis 
Indianapolis Field Office (Postal Inspection)Indianapolis 
Indianapolis Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Indianapolis 
Indianapolis Fraud Resident Agency (U.S. Army)Indianapolis 
Indianapolis JTTF/ Indiana JTTF (FBI)Indianapolisx
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police DepartmentIndianapolis 
Indianapolis Office (Drug Enforcement)Indianapolis 
Indianapolis Resident Agency (Defense)Indianapolis 
Indiana Sheriff’s AssociationIndianapolisx
Indiana State PoliceIndianapolisx
Ind. National Guard JFHQIndianapolisx
Ind. State Emergency Management AgencyIndianapolis 
Ind. Terrorism Task ForceIndianapolisx
Marion County SheriffIndianapolis 
Protective Security Advisor Indianapolis District (DHS)Indianapolisx
RAC Indianapolis (ICE)Indianapolis 
USAO Southern District of Indiana (U.S. Attorney)Indianapolis 
USMS Southern District of Indiana (Marshals)Indianapolis 
USSS Indianapolis (Secret Service)Indianapolis 
Lafayette Resident Agency (FBI)Lafayette 
Merrillville Field Office (ATF)Merrillville 
Merrillville Resident Agency (FBI)Merrillville 
Merrillville Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)Merrillville 
Indiana Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (INCLEA)Munciex
Muncie Resident Agency (FBI)Muncie 
New Albany Resident Agency (FBI)New Albany 
South Bend Resident Agency (FBI)South Bend 
USMS Northern District of Indiana (Marshals)South Bend 
USSS South Bend (Secret Service)South Bend 
Terre Haute Resident Agency (FBI)Terre Haute 
Wabash County Emergency Management and Homeland Security AgencyWabashx

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyExtreme heat; Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold
Domestic SecurityWhite 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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