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Kansas ranks 26th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with Minnesota and Wisconsin), and 34th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Iowa and Mississippi). In dollar amount, the state ranked 10th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 34th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked eighth in overall federal government expenditures.

Kansas 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; it is one of 15 states that have had no terrorism-related convictions since 9/11, according to the Justice Department; and 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. Kansas is one of 22 states with more than one Joint Terrorism Task Force and one of 16 states with more than one fusion center.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 51

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 9

82.4% Pre-9/11

17.6% Post-9/11

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Kansas is located in FEMA Region VII; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Kansas City.

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 28101351


  • Counterterrorism

    The Kansas City Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is also called the Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force (HOA JTTF); a Kansas JTTF annex is located in Wichita. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Kansas City.

  • Intelligence

    Kansas is a member of the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). At the federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Kansas City, Mo., responsible for analyzing threats to the state. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Chicago has jurisdiction over Kansas.

  • Fusion

    Kansas has two fusion centers: The Kansas Threat Integration Center (KSTIC), established in 2004 -- a joint operation of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas National Guard -- focuses on counterterrorism. The Kansas City Regional Terrorism Early Warning Group has an Interagency Analysis Center in Kansas City, Mo., that is responsible for Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson and Miami counties.

  • Homeland Security

    Kansas Homeland Security was made part of the Adjutant General's Department after 9/11. In July 2004, an operational homeland security section was established in the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to coordinate all phases of homeland security, including terrorism prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The Kansas Highway Patrol also operates a homeland security division. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Kansas City.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is the statewide law enforcement agency. The Kansas Highway Patrol includes a homeland security division assigned to the patrol's general headquarters. Kansas falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Kansas City, Mo., field office; there are resident agencies in Garden City, Topeka and Wichita.

  • Emergency Management

    The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The state's adjutant general is the director of emergency management and also responsible for homeland security. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operated by the Adjutant General's Department.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Lane County Sheriff's OfficeDighton 
Dodge City Police DepartmentDodge City 
90th Military Police Detachment (CID) (U.S. Army)Ft. Leavenworth 
Company C, 308th Military Intel. BattalionFt. Leavenworth 
78th Military Police Detachment (CID) (U.S. Army)Ft. Riley 
Fort Riley Field Office (Military Intel.)Ft. Riley 
Garden City Office (Drug Enforcement)Garden City 
Garden City Resident Agency (FBI)Garden City 
Crawford County Sheriff's OfficeGirard 
ASAC Kansas City (ICE)Kansas City 
Heart of America Joint Terrorism Task Force (HOA JTTF) / Kansas City JTTF (FBI)Kansas City 
Kansas ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Kansas Cityx
Kansas City Aviation Operations (Customs)Kansas City 
Kansas City JTTF / Heart of America JTTF 308th Military Intelligence Battalion LiaisonKansas City 
Kansas City, Kansas, Police DepartmentKansas City 
Kansas City Office (Drug Enforcement)Kansas City 
Kansas City Resident Agency (Defense)Kansas City 
Kansas City Resident Office (Defense Sec.)Kansas City 
Kearny County Sheriff's OfficeLakin 
Lawrence Police DepartmentLawrencex
Leawood Police DepartmentLeawoodx
Riley County Police DepartmentManhattan 
AFOSI Det 321 (Air Force)McConnell AFB 
Kansas City District Office (Drug Enforcement)Overland Park 
Kansas City Field Office (Postal Inspection)Overland Park 
Overland Park Police DepartmentOverland Parkx
73rd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Topekax
Kan. Division of Emergency ManagementTopeka 
Kan. National Guard JFHQTopekax
Kansas Adjutant General (TAG)Topeka 
Kansas Air National GuardTopeka 
Kansas Army National GuardTopeka 
Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI)Topeka 
Kansas Citizen CorpsTopekax
Kansas Highway PatrolTopeka 
Kan. Threat Integration Center (Kan. Bur. of Investigation)Topeka 
Topeka Office (Drug Enforcement)Topeka 
Topeka Police Department  Topekax
Topeka Resident Agency (FBI)Topeka 
USAO District of Kansas (U.S. Attorney)Topeka 
USMS District of Kansas (Marshals)Topeka 
RAC Wichita (ICE)Wichita 
Sedgwick County District Attorney's OfficeWichita 
Sedgwick County Sheriff's OfficeWichita 
USSS Wichita (Secret Service)Wichita 
Wichita JTTF Annex (FBI)Wichitax
Wichita Office (Drug Enforcement)Wichita 
Wichita Police DepartmentWichita 
Wichita Post of Duty (DCIS)Wichita 
Wichita Resident Agency (FBI)Wichita 
Wichita Satellite Office (ATF)Wichita 

Following the September 11, 2001 attack on America, Kansas became acutely aware of the unconventional hazards that threaten our communities. Events such as conventional attack or terrorist activities could threaten national or state security. Significant events of this type could cause widespread damage and threaten public safety. Historically, Kansas has not been a prime target for terrorism. The threat is worldwide, however, and it cannot be ignored.”

Source: Kansas Response Plan, 2008

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold
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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