Mississippi ranks 30th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 34th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Iowa and Kansas). In dollar amount, the state ranked seventh in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 36th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 17th in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 46
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 9
Mississippi has nine emergency management districts with an area coordinator assigned to each district as a liaison between the county emergency operations centers and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Mississippi is located in FEMA Region IV; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Atlanta.
The Mississippi Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Jackson. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in Oxford and Jackson.
Mississippi is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC). It is also a member of Southern Shield, a consortium of 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 Jackson. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in New Orleans has jurisdiction over Mississippi.
The Mississippi Analysis and Information Center (MAIC), a component of the state Department of Public Safety and the state Office of Homeland Security, was established in 2008. It is the state-designated fusion center and collects, evaluates, analyzes and disseminates information and intelligence to Mississippi agencies tasked with homeland security responsibilities.
The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (OHS), under the Department of Public Safety (DPS), serves as the lead agency for handling terrorist acts or threats and intelligence collection within the state. The DPS also coordinates the state Homeland Security Council. The governor has made identification and protection of Mississippi's critical assets a top priority of the state's Homeland Security Initiative against terrorism, and the OHS is working with government and private-sector partners to compile an inventory of the state's critical assets. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Jackson.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) is the statewide law enforcement agency. Its Special Operations and Major Crimes Division coordinates covert operations, antiterrorism and special investigations. Homeland security and terrorism investigative and intelligence activities are managed by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security in conjunction with the MBI as well as locally affected law enforcement agencies and the FBI. The FBI's Jackson field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Columbus, Greenville, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Oxford, Pascagoula, Southaven and Tupelo.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Biloxi Police Department||Biloxi|
|DHS Office of Investigations Field Office Biloxi||Biloxi||x|
|Columbus Resident Agency (FBI)||Columbus|
|AFOSI Det 406 (Air Force)||Columbus AFB|
|47th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Crystal Springs||x|
|Greenville Resident Agency (FBI)||Greenville|
|Gulfport Coastal Site (Customs)||Gulfport|
|Gulfport Resident Agency (FBI)||Gulfport|
|Gulfport Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||Gulfport|
|Gulfport Satellite Office (ATF)||Gulfport|
|Gulfport Station (Border Patrol)||Gulfport|
|NCIS Resident Agency Gulfport (Navy)||Gulfport|
|RAC Gulfport (ICE)||Gulfport|
|DHS Office of Investigations Field Office Hattiesburg||Hattiesburg||x|
|Hattiesburg Resident Agency (FBI)||Hattiesburg|
|Mississippi Resident Office (Defense Sec.)||Hurley|
|ATAC Southern District of Miss. (U.S. Attorney)||Jackson||x|
|Jackson District Office (Drug Enforcement)||Jackson|
|Jackson Division (FBI)||Jackson|
|Jackson Satellite Office/Industry Operations (ATF)||Jackson|
|Miss. Bureau of Narcotics||Jackson|
|Mississippi Adjutant General (TAG)||Jackson|
|Mississippi Air National Guard||Jackson|
|Mississippi Army National Guard||Jackson|
|Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol||Jackson|
|Mississippi Office of Homeland Security||Jackson||x|
|Miss. JTTF / Jackson JTTF (FBI)||Jackson||x|
|Protective Security Advisor Jackson District (DHS)||Jackson||x|
|USAO Southern District of Mississippi (U.S. Attorney)||Jackson|
|USMS Southern District of Mississippi (Marshals)||Jackson|
|USSS Jackson (Secret Service)||Jackson|
|AFOSI Det 407 (Air Force)||Keesler AFB|
|Meridian Resident Agency (FBI)||Meridian|
|ATAC Northern District of Miss. (U.S. Attorney)||Oxford||x|
|Oxford Office (Drug Enforcement)||Oxford|
|Oxford Resident Agency (FBI)||Oxford|
|Oxford Satellite Office (ATF)||Oxford|
|USAO Northern District of Mississippi (U.S. Attorney)||Oxford|
|USMS Northern District of Mississippi (Marshals)||Oxford|
|NCIS Resident Unit Pascagoula (Navy)||Pascagoula|
|Pascagoula Resident Agency (FBI)||Pascagoula|
|Miss. Analysis & Information Center||Pearl||x|
|Miss. Emergency Management Agency||Pearl|
|Southaven Resident Agency (FBI)||Southaven|
|Tupelo Resident Agency (FBI)||Tupelo|
“The State of Mississippi regards terrorism as a potential threat to State security, as well as a violent criminal act, and applies all appropriate means to combat this danger.”Source: Mississippi Incident-Specific -- Terrorism Incident Annex, 2008
|Public Safety||Extreme heat; Floods; Hurricanes; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes|
|Domestic Security||None identified|