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Louisiana

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Louisiana ranks 15th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 25th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked second in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and seventh in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 23rd in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Louisiana by analyzing data, including the following: * The state had two terrorism-related convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. * The state has two 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: Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 84

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 15

82.1% Pre-9/11

17.9% Post-9/11

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Organizations

The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has divided the state into nine emergency preparedness regions. Louisiana is located in FEMA Region VI; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for Louisiana is in Denton, Tex.

OrganizationsFederalStateLocalTotal
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.
443552
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Organizations tasked with responding to natural disasters, attacks using weapons of mass destruction and other emergencies.
0224
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.
116219
Counterterrorism
Counterterrorism
Organizations, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, that work exclusively on terrorism cases.
4015
JTTFs
Joint Terrorism Task Force
A multiagency task force, run by the FBI, that has the lead in investigating terrorism within the United States.
1001
Intelligence
Intelligence and Fusion
Organizations that collect, analyze and share information about domestic threats.
3104
Fusion Centers
Fusion Center
A place where information from multiple agencies in a state or region is sent to be analyzed.
0101
Totals 62121084

Initiatives

  • Counterterrorism

    The Louisiana Joint Terrorism Task Force (known as the New Orleans JTTF) is located in New Orleans. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport.

  • Intelligence

    Louisiana is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC). Louisiana is also a member of Southern Shield, a consortium of state homeland security and law enforcement officials from 14 Southeastern states and territories. At the federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in New Orleans. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in New Orleans has jurisdiction over Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Metairie performs criminal intelligence analysis for parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The Coast Guard operates the Central-East Texas/Southwest Louisiana Sector Regional Fusion Center, which monitors maritime intelligence.

  • Fusion

    The Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE), a component of the Louisiana State Police, was established in 2004. LA-SAFE has been designated as the state's primary fusion center for gathering, processing, analyzing and disseminating information related to terrorism, homeland security and law enforcement. As such, it is responsible for monitoring threats and providing its partners with situational awareness on a 24/7 basis. LA-SAFE is located in Baton Rouge.

  • Homeland Security

    The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is responsible for formulating and updating plans, procedures, arrangements and agreements, and for coordinating homeland security and emergency and disaster operations. A Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council was created in 2007, replacing the Homeland Security Advisory Council created in 2004. DHS Protective Security Advisors are located in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Coast Guard District 8 is headquartered in New Orleans.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Louisiana Department of Public Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the State Police. The Louisiana Statistical Analysis Center, part of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice, is responsible for criminal data and information. The FBI's New Orleans field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport.

  • Emergency Management

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The state Emergency Operations Center is operated by the GOHSEP and is located on the same Baton Rouge compound, but is not co-located with LA-SAFE, Louisiana's fusion center.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Alexandria Resident Agency (FBI)Alexandria 
AFOSI 3 FIS Cyber Flight/OL-A Barksdale AFB (Air Force)Barksdale AFBx
AFOSI Det 219 (Air Force)Barksdale AFB 
ATAC Middle District of La. (U.S. Attorney)Baton Rougex
Baton Rouge Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Baton Rouge 
Baton Rouge Office (Drug Enforcement)Baton Rouge 
Baton Rouge Resident Agency (FBI)Baton Rouge 
Baton Rouge Satellite Office (ATF)Baton Rouge 
Baton Rouge Station (Border Patrol)Baton Rouge 
DHS Office of Investigations Field Office Baton RougeBaton Rougex
East Baton Rouge Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency PreparednessBaton Rougex
La. Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (La. Military Dept.)Baton Rougex
La. Office of Emergency PreparednessBaton Rouge 
La. State Analytical & Fusion Exchange (State Police)Baton Rouge 
Louisiana Department of Public SafetyBaton Rouge 
Louisiana State PoliceBaton Rouge 
Protective Security Advisor Baton Rouge District (DHS)Baton Rougex
RA Baton Rouge (ICE)Baton Rouge 
State of Louisiana Citizen Corps CouncilBaton Rougex
USAO Middle District of Louisiana (U.S. Attorney)Baton Rouge 
USMS Middle District of Louisiana (Marshals)Baton Rouge 
USSS Baton Rouge (Secret Service)Baton Rouge 
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's OfficeBelle Chasse 
62nd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Carvillex
St. Bernard Sheriff's OfficeChalmette 
90th Military Police Detachment (CID) (U.S. Army)Ft. Polk 
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's OfficeHahnville 
Hammond Aviation Operations (Customs)Hammond 
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's OfficeHarvey 
RAC Houma (ICE)Houma 
Lafayette Office (Drug Enforcement)Lafayette 
Lafayette Resident Agency (FBI)Lafayette 
RAC Lafayette (ICE)Lafayette 
Lake Charles Resident Agency (FBI)Lake Charles 
Lake Charles Station (Border Patrol)Lake Charles 
RAC Lake Charles (ICE)Lake Charles 
Jefferson Parish, La. Emergency ManagementMarrero 
Gulf Coast HIDTA (Nat'l Drug Control)Metarie 
New Orleans Field Division (Drug Enforcement)Metarie 
New Orleans Field Divison (ATF)Metarie 
New Orleans Field Office (ATF)Metarie 
Monroe Office (Drug Enforcement)Monroe 
Monroe Resident Agency (FBI)Monroe 
AFOSI Det 324 OL-E (Air Force)New Orleans 
Eastern District of La. ATAC (U.S. Attorney)New Orleansx
FIG New Orleans (Office of IntelligenceICE)New Orleansx
Gulf Customs Management CenterNew Orleans 
Louisiana IRS Criminal Investigation, New Orleans Field OfficeNew Orleans 
Marine Forces Northern Command (MARFORNORTH) (NORTHCOM)New Orleansx
NCIS Resident Agency New Orleans (Navy)New Orleans 
New Orleans Coastal Site (Customs)New Orleans 
New Orleans Division (FBI)New Orleans 
New Orleans Field Office (ICE)New Orleans 
New Orleans Field Office (Postal Inspection)New Orleans 
New Orleans Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)New Orleans 
New Orleans Fire DepartmentNew Orleans 
New Orleans JTTF / La. JTTF (FBI)New Orleansx
New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency PreparednessNew Orleans 
New Orleans Police DepartmentNew Orleans 
New Orleans Resident Office (Diplomatic Sec.)New Orleans 
New Orleans Sector, La. (Border Patrol)New Orleans 
New Orleans Station (Border Patrol)New Orleans 
New Orleans Terrorism Early Warning GroupNew Orleans 
Port of New Orleans Harbor PoliceNew Orleans 
Protective Security Advisor New Orleans District (DHS)New Orleansx
Resident Agent in Charge - New Orleans (ICE)New Orleans 
SAC New Orleans (ICE)New Orleans 
USAO Eastern District of Louisiana (U.S. Attorney)New Orleans 
USMS Eastern District of Louisiana (Marshals)New Orleans 
USSS New Orleans (Secret Service)New Orleans 
La. National Guard JFHQPinevillex
Louisiana Adjutant General (TAG)Pineville 
Louisiana Air National GuardPineville 
Louisiana Army National GuardPineville 
ATAC Western District of La. (U.S. Attorney)Shreveportx
RAC Shreveport (ICE)Shreveport 
Shreveport Office(Drug Enforcement)Shreveport 
Shreveport Resident Agency (FBI)Shreveport 
Shreveport Satellite Office/ Industry Operations (ATF)Shreveport 
USAO Western District of Louisiana (U.S. Attorney)Shreveport 
USMS Western District of Louisiana (Marshals)Shreveport 
USSS Shreveport (Secret Service)Shreveport 
Louisiana Resident Office (Defense Sec.)Slidell 
New Orleans Resident Agency (Defense)Slidell 

Due to the state's location on the Gulf of Mexico, it is almost a certainty that a hurricane will strike the Louisiana coast. 'Critical Infrastructure' can lessen vulnerability and reduce consequence but the threat will always remain high. ... LA-SAFE has no credible or specific intelligence regarding the possibility of any imminent attacks against the State of Louisiana or its infrastructure.”

Source: LA-SAFE Annual Intelligence Report, 2009

The probability of a terrorist or war-related emergency or disaster that would involve mass fatalities and casualties, major devastation and disruption of vital services is low, but it does exist.”

Source: State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan, 2009


State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyExtreme heat; Floods; Hurricanes; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes
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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