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The Northern Marianas Islands is one of 20 states or territories that have had no terrorism convictions since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Justice Department. It is also 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.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 5

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 1

80% Pre-9/11

20% Post-9/11

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Organizations

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is the responsibility of the Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense (JTF-HD), a part of the U.S. Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii.

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.
3003
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Organizations tasked with responding to natural disasters, attacks using weapons of mass destruction and other emergencies.
0101
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.
0101
Counterterrorism
Counterterrorism
Organizations, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, that work exclusively on terrorism cases.
0000
JTTFs
Joint Terrorism Task Force
A multiagency task force, run by the FBI, that has the lead in investigating terrorism within the United States.
0000
Intelligence
Intelligence and Fusion
Organizations that collect, analyze and share information about domestic threats.
0000
Fusion Centers
Fusion Center
A place where information from multiple agencies in a state or region is sent to be analyzed.
0000
Totals 3205

Initiatives

  • Counterterrorism

  • Intelligence

  • Fusion

    The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands does not have an organized fusion center.

  • Homeland Security

    A federal special adviser for homeland security is based in Saipan.

  • Law Enforcement

    The FBI's Saipan resident agency is part of the Honolulu field office.

  • Emergency Management

    The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Emergency Management Office (CNMIEMO) in Saipan is the agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
USMS District of the Northern Mariana Islands (Marshals)  
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Citizen Corps CouncilSaipanx
RAC Saipan (ICE)Saipan 
Saipan Emergency Management OfficeSaipan 
Saipan Resident Agency (FBI)Saipan 


State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Hurricanes
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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