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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.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Mississippi by analyzing data, including the following: * The state is one of 18 that have no metropolitan area that has been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. * Mississippi had two terrorism-related convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 46

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 9

80.4% Pre-9/11

19.6% Post-9/11

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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.

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 369146


  • Counterterrorism

    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.

  • Intelligence

    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.

  • Fusion

    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.

  • Homeland Security

    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.

  • Law Enforcement

    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.

  • Emergency Management

    The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Biloxi Police DepartmentBiloxi 
DHS Office of Investigations Field Office BiloxiBiloxix
Columbus Resident Agency (FBI)Columbus 
AFOSI Det 406 (Air Force)Columbus AFB 
47th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Crystal Springsx
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 HattiesburgHattiesburgx
Hattiesburg Resident Agency (FBI)Hattiesburg 
Mississippi Resident Office (Defense Sec.)Hurley 
ATAC Southern District of Miss. (U.S. Attorney)Jacksonx
Jackson District Office (Drug Enforcement)Jackson 
Jackson Division (FBI)Jackson 
Jackson Satellite Office/Industry Operations (ATF)Jackson 
Miss. Bureau of NarcoticsJackson 
Mississippi Adjutant General (TAG)Jackson 
Mississippi Air National GuardJackson 
Mississippi Army National GuardJackson 
Mississippi Highway Safety PatrolJackson 
Mississippi Office of Homeland SecurityJacksonx
Miss. JTTF / Jackson JTTF (FBI)Jacksonx
Protective Security Advisor Jackson District (DHS)Jacksonx
RAC JacksonJackson 
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)Oxfordx
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 CenterPearlx
Miss. Emergency Management AgencyPearl 
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

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