Minnesota ranks 26th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with Kansas and Wisconsin), and 22nd overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Arkansas and West Virginia). In dollar amount, the state ranked 30th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 26th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 47th in overall federal government expenditures.
U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Minnesota by analyzing data, including the following: Minnesota had six terrorism-related convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area 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. * One major terrorist plot relating to Minnesota has been thwarted since 9/11: an alleged plot to send money and fighters to al-Shabab in Somalia; indictments were unsealed in 2010. http://www.washingtonpost.com/xx
Minnesota opened its fusion center, the Minnesota Joint Analysis Center (MNJAC), in 2007 in space at the FBI's headquarters building in Minneapolis.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 48
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 15
Minnesota is located in FEMA Region V; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Chicago.
The Minnesota Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Minneapolis. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Minneapolis.
Minnesota is a member of the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Intelligence Communications Enterprise for Information Sharing and Exchange (ICEFISHX), a terrorism-related information-sharing partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota law enforcement agencies that collects information about suspicious activity relating to crime and infrastructure protection. At the federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Minneapolis. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in St. Paul has jurisdiction for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
The Minnesota Joint Analysis Center (MNJAC), was originally established in 2005 as a component of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a division of the state Department of Public Safety, but was made a part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), a law enforcement agency, in 2007 and designated the state's primary all-crimes fusion center.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, is responsible for all aspects of emergency preparedness and response, counterterrorism and critical-infrastructure protection (CIP) for the state. To assist in CIP, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Minneapolis, and one of nine national DHS CIP Teams is located in Minnesota to conduct assessments of selected critical assets.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency. The department also provides homeland security and emergency management services. The FBI's Minneapolis field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Bemidji, Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud and St. Paul.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, formerly the Division of Emergency Management, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Bemidji Resident Agency (FBI)||Bimidji|
|FIG St. Paul Office of Intelligence(ICE)||Bloomington||x|
|Minnesota Field Office (ICE)||Bloomington|
|SAC Minneapolis/St. Paul Office (ICE)||Bloomington|
|Duluth Resident Agency (FBI)||Duluth|
|RAC Duluth (ICE)||Duluth|
|Mankato Resident Agency (FBI)||Mankato|
|AFOSI Det 325 OL-M (Air Force)||Minneapolis|
|Hennepin County Sheriff's Office||Minneapolis||x|
|Minn. Electronic Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis Division (FBI)||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis Field Office||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis Field Office (Postal Inspection)||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis JTTF (FBI)||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis JTTF 308th Military Intel. Bn Liaison||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis Police Department||Minneapolis||x|
|Minneapolis Police Department Homeland Security Unit||Minneapolis|
|Minneapolis/Saint Paul Airport Police||Minneapolis||x|
|Minneapolis/St. Paul Resident Office (DEA)||Minneapolis|
|Minnesota ATAC (U.S. Attorney)||Minneapolis||x|
|Protective Security Advisor Minneapolis District (DHS)||Minneapolis||x|
|USAO District of Minnesota (U.S. Attorney)||Minneapolis|
|USMS District of Minnesota (Marshals)||Minneapolis|
|USSS Minneapolis (Secret Service)||Minneapolis|
|Rochester Resident Agency (FBI)||Rochester|
|Saint Cloud Resident Agency (FBI)||Saint Cloud|
|55th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||St. Paul||x|
|Minn. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension||St. Paul|
|Minn. Department of Public Safety||St. Paul|
|Minn. Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)||St. Paul||x|
|Minn. Intelligence Communications Enterprise For Information Sharing and Exchange (ICEFISHX)||St. Paul||x|
|Minn. Joint Analysis Center (State Police)||St. Paul||x|
|Minn. National Guard Counterdrug||St. Paul|
|Minn. National Guard JFHQ||St. Paul||x|
|Minn. State Emergency Operations Center||St. Paul|
|Minneapolis Post of Duty (Defense)||St. Paul|
|Minnesota Air National Guard||St. Paul|
|Minnesota Army National Guard||St. Paul|
|Minnesota IRS Criminal Investigation, St. Paul Field Office||St. Paul|
|Minnesota State Patrol HQ||St. Paul||x|
|Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security||St. Paul||x|
|Ramsey County Sheriff's Office||St. Paul||x|
|Saint Paul Police Department||St. Paul||x|
|Saint Paul Resident Agency (FBI)||St. Paul|
|St. Paul Field Division (ATF)||St. Paul|
|St. Paul Field Office (Postal Inspection)||St. Paul|
|Twin Cities Fraud Resident Agency||St. Paul|
|Public Safety||Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|