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Missouri ranks 18th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 16th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Pennsylvania and Tennessee). In dollar amount, the state ranked 12th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 15th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 15th in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Missouri by analyzing data, including the following: * Missouri is one of 13 states or territories where U.S. attorneys secured one terrorism conviction from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. * The state has two 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: Kansas City and St. Louis. Missouri was the first state to create an Office of Homeland Security, established on Sept. 26, 2001. The Missouri Security Panel followed in November 2001, charged with conducting a statewide vulnerability assessment. Missouri is one of 22 states with more than one Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF); it is one of 16 states with more than one fusion center and one of six with three centers.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 70

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 20

71.4% Pre-9/11

28.6% Post-9/11

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Missouri has implemented regional committees mirroring the existing nine Highway Patrol Troop Regions. These Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committees (RHSOC) report directly to the Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Council. Missouri is located in FEMA Region VII; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Kansas City.

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 4919270


  • Counterterrorism

    The St. Louis Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is supplemented by the JTTF in Kansas City, Kan. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.

  • Intelligence

    Missouri is a member of the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Intelligence Center in Springfield, part of the MOCIC, covers Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. At the federal level, the FBI operates Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs) in Kansas City and St. Louis. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Chicago has jurisdiction over Missouri. The Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Kansas City performs criminal intelligence analysis for parts of Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

  • Fusion

    Missouri operates three fusion centers: The Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC), a component of the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS), was established in December 2005. The MIAC is the mechanism for collecting incident reports of suspicious activities to be evaluated and analyzed in an effort to identify potential trends or patterns of terrorist or criminal operations. The MIAC also functions as a vehicle for communication between federal, state and local law enforcement within the state. The Kansas City Regional Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group, a component of the Kansas City Police Department, maintains an Inter-Agency Analysis Center with responsibility for Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson and Cass counties.
    The St. Louis Terrorism Early Warning Group fusion center, a component of the St. Louis County Police Department, works with the intelligence unit of the St. Louis Police Department and tracks the region's critical infrastructure and key resources.

  • Homeland Security

    The Missouri Office of Homeland Security, part of Department of Public Safety, coordinates the daily work of homeland security through the State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In July 2005, the Office of Homeland Security was moved to the Department of Public Safety and a Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) was established. The HSAC reviews state and local security plans and grant funding requests. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in St. Louis. Federal Protective Service (FPS) Region 6 headquarters is located in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the statewide law enforcement agency and oversees a vast array of offices, including Homeland Security, the Capitol Police, the State Highway Patrol, the State Water Patrol and the Emergency Management Agency. The Missouri Statistical Analysis Center is a unit within State Highway Patrol responsible for providing criminal justice information and research services. The FBI's Kansas City and St. Louis field offices operate resident agencies and satellite offices in Jefferson City, Joplin, Springfield, St. Joseph, Cape Girardeau, Kirksville, Rolla, St. Charles, Hudson, Lakeville and Lowell.

  • Emergency Management

    The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), within the military division of the executive department, office of the adjutant general, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Cape Girardeau Resident Agency (FBI)Cape Girardeau 
Cape Girardeau Satellite Office (ATF)Cape Girardeau 
78th Military Police Detachment (CID) (U.S. Army)Ft. Leonard Wood 
7th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Ft. Leonard Woodx
Fort Leonard Wood Resident Office (Military Intel.)Ft. Leonard Wood 
Independence Police DepartmentIndependence 
Jefferson City Resident Agency (FBI)Jefferson City 
Missouri Air National GuardJefferson City 
Missouri Army National GuardJefferson City 
Missouri Department of CorrectionsJefferson Cityx
Missouri Department of Public SafetyJefferson City 
Missouri Office of Homeland SecurityJefferson Cityx
Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MOPCA)Jefferson Cityx
Missouri Sheriffs Association (MSA)Jefferson Cityx
Missouri State Citizen CorpsJefferson Cityx
Missouri State Water PatrolJefferson Cityx
Mo. Division of Fire SafetyJefferson Cityx
Mo. Emergency Management AgencyJefferson City 
Mo. Information Analysis CenterJefferson Cityx
Mo. National Guard JFHQJefferson Cityx
Mo. State Highway Patrol Organized Crime / Anti-Terrorism UnitJefferson Cityx
Joplin Resident Agency (FBI)Joplin 
ATAC Western District of Mo. (U.S. Attorney)Kansas Cityx
Defense Coordinating Officer/Element FEMA Region VII (NORTHCOM)Kansas Cityx
FEMA Region VIIKansas City 
FPS Region 6-Kansas City, Missouri (Fed. Protective Service)Kansas City 
Kan. City Regional Terrorism Early Warning Group (City Police)Kansas Cityx
Kansas City Field Division (ATF)Kansas City 
Kansas City Field Office (ATF)Kansas City 
Kansas City Field Office (FBI)Kansas City 
Kansas City Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Kansas City 
Midwest HIDTA (Nat'l Drug Control)Kansas City 
Mo. and Kan. City Terrorism Working Groups (FBI)Kansas City 
Protective Security Advisor Kansas City District (DHS)Kansas Cityx
USAO Western District of Missouri (U.S. Attorney)Kansas City 
USMS Western District of Missouri (Marshals)Kansas City 
USSS Kansas City (Secret Service)Kansas City 
Kirksville Resident Agency (FBI)Kirksville 
Rolla Resident Agency (FBI)Rolla 
Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC)Springfield 
RAC Springfield (ICE)Springfield 
Springfield Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Springfield 
Springfield Resident Agency (FBI)Springfield 
Springfield Satellite Office (ATF)Springfield 
USSS Springfield (Secret Service)Springfield 
St. Charles Resident Agency (FBI)St. Charles 
St. Joseph Resident Agency (FBI)St. Joseph 
USMS Eastern District of Missouri (Marshals)St Louis 
AFOSI St. Louis JTTF (Det 301) (Air Force)St. Louisx
DCIS Central Field Office (Defense)St. Louis 
Eastern District of Mo. ATAC (U.S. Attorney)St. Louisx
NCIS Resident Unit St. Louis (Navy)St. Louis 
Protective Security Advisor St. Louis District (DHS)St. Louisx
RAC St. Louis (ICE)St. Louis 
St. Louis Division (FBI)St. Louis 
St. Louis Division (Postal Inspection)St. Louis 
St. Louis Field Division (Drug Enforcement)St. Louis 
St. Louis Field Office (Defense)St. Louis 
St. Louis Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)St. Louis 
St. Louis Fraud Resident Agency (U.S. Army)St. Louis 
St. Louis JTTF (FBI)St. Louisx
St. Louis Police DepartmentSt. Louis 
St. Louis Resident Agency (Defense)St. Louis 
St. Louis Resident Office (Diplomatic Sec.)St. Louis 
St. Louis Satellite Office (ATF)St. Louis 
St. Louis Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEW) Fusion CenterSt. Louisx
USAO Eastern District of Missouri (U.S. Attorney)St. Louis 
USSS St. Louis (Secret Service)St. Louis 
St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)Town & Country, MO 63017 
AFOSI Det 207 (Air Force)Whiteman AFB 

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyExtreme heat; Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes
Domestic SecurityWhite supremacists
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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