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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. 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

68.8% Pre-9/11

31.3% Post-9/11

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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.

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 2913648


  • Counterterrorism

    The Minnesota Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Minneapolis. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Minneapolis.

  • Intelligence

    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.

  • Fusion

    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.

  • Homeland Security

    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.

  • Law Enforcement

    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.

  • Emergency Management

    The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, formerly the Division of Emergency Management, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Bemidji Resident Agency (FBI)Bimidji 
FIG St. Paul Office of Intelligence(ICE)Bloomingtonx
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 OfficeMinneapolisx
Minneapolis Division (FBI)Minneapolis 
Minneapolis Field OfficeMinneapolis 
Minneapolis Field Office (Postal Inspection)Minneapolis 
Minneapolis Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Minneapolis 
Minneapolis JTTF 308th Military Intel. Bn LiaisonMinneapolis 
Minneapolis JTTF (FBI)Minneapolis 
Minneapolis Police DepartmentMinneapolisx
Minneapolis Police Department Homeland Security UnitMinneapolis 
Minneapolis/Saint Paul Airport PoliceMinneapolisx
Minneapolis/St. Paul Resident Office (DEA)Minneapolis 
Minn. Electronic Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Minneapolis 
Minnesota ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Minneapolisx
Protective Security Advisor Minneapolis District (DHS)Minneapolisx
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. Paulx
Minn. Bureau of Criminal ApprehensionSt. Paul 
Minn. Department of Public SafetySt. Paul 
Minneapolis Post of Duty (Defense)St. Paul 
Minnesota Air National GuardSt. Paul 
Minnesota Army National GuardSt. Paul 
Minnesota IRS Criminal Investigation, St. Paul Field OfficeSt. Paul 
Minnesota State Patrol HQSt. Paulx
Minn. Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)St. Paulx
Minn. Intelligence Communications Enterprise For Information Sharing and Exchange (ICEFISHX)St. Paulx
Minn. Joint Analysis Center (State Police)St. Paulx
Minn. National Guard CounterdrugSt. Paul 
Minn. National Guard JFHQSt. Paulx
Minn. State Emergency Operations CenterSt. Paul 
Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland SecuritySt. Paulx
Ramsey County Sheriff's OfficeSt. Paulx
Saint Paul Police DepartmentSt. Paulx
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 AgencySt. Paul 

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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