Nevada ranks 32nd of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 31st overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Massachusetts and Nebraska). In dollar amount, the state ranked 37th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 31st in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 50th in overall federal government expenditures.
U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Nevada by analyzing data, including the following:
Nevada is one of 15 states that have had no terrorism convictions since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Justice Department.
Las Vegas 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.
* Nevada has the third-largest and fastest-growing immigrant population in the nation, a measure that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI associate with potential threats. In 2009, according to the DHS, Nevada ranked 10th in the nation in unauthorized immigrant population, with an estimated 260,000 unauthorized immigrants residing in the state.
Nevada 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: 41
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 10
Nevada is located in FEMA Region IX; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Oakland, Calif.
The Las Vegas Joint Terrorism Task Force covers the entire state. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Las Vegas. In 2010, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was designated as one of 12 state agencies to participate in the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative.
Nevada is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN). At the federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Las Vegas. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in San Francisco has jurisdiction over northern Nevada, while the ICE's FIG in Los Angeles has jurisdiction for the Las Vegas area. The Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Las Vegas performs criminal intelligence analysis.
Nevada has three fusion centers: The Nevada Threat Analysis Center (NTAC) in Carson City was established in 2008 as an entity within the Nevada Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Investigation Division. It has been designated the state's all-threats, all-crimes fusion center and has responsibility for 15 of the state's 17 counties (excluding Washoe and Clark).
The Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center (SNVCTC) in Las Vegas, opened in 2007, is a component of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and has responsibility for Clark County. The fusion center works closely with the casino security industry, taking advantage of its capacity to generate intelligence to protect critical infrastructure and key resources. Since 2010, the Las Vegas center has been a participant in the pilot Nationwide SAR Initiative.
The Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center in Reno, a component of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, was established to collaborate in the collection, analysis and dissemination of meaningful actionable, strategic and tactical intelligence. The center has responsibility for Washoe County.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security (OHS) acts as the Cabinet-level office for the prevention of and preparation for a potential terrorist event. The OHS directs and coordinates a counterterrorism and all-threats, all-hazards approach. Silver Shield, Nevada's Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program, conducts physical security assessments of critical-infrastructure/key asset sites and identifies, prioritizes and assesses risks regarding infrastructure, assets, systems, networks and functions critical to public health and safety. To assist in CIP, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Las Vegas, and one of nine national DHS CIP Teams is located in Nevada to conduct assessments of selected critical assets. On Jan. 1, 2008, the state Interoperable Communication Coordinator was also placed under the OHS.
The Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the Capitol Police, Emergency Management, the Highway Patrol and an Investigation Division. The FBI's Las Vegas field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Elko and Reno.
The Nevada Division of Emergency Management, within the Department of Public Safety, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Nevada Adjutant General (TAG)||Carson City|
|Nevada Air National Guard||Carson City|
|Nevada Army National Guard||Carson City|
|Nevada Attorney General's Office||Carson City|
|Nevada Department of Public Safety||Carson City|
|Nevada Highway Patrol||Carson City|
|Nev. Division of Emergency Management||Carson City|
|Nev. Office of Homeland Security||Carson City||x|
|Nev. Threat Analysis Center (NTAC)||Carson City||x|
|State of Nevada Citizen Corps Council (SNCTC)||Carson City||x|
|Elko Resident Agency (FBI)||Elko|
|NCIS Resident Unit Fallon, Nev. (Navy)||Fallon|
|92nd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Las Vegas||x|
|AFOSI Det 701 (Air Force)||Las Vegas|
|AFOSI Det 708 OL-A (Air Force)||Las Vegas|
|ASAC Las Vegas (ICE)||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas District Office (Drug Enforcement)||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas Electronic Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas Field Office||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas Field Office (ATF)||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas Field Office (FBI)||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas JTTF (FBI)||Las Vegas||x|
|Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department||Las Vegas|
|Nevada ATAC (U.S. Attorney)||Las Vegas||x|
|Nev. HIDTA (Nat'l Drug Control)||Las Vegas|
|Protective Security Advisor Las Vegas, NV District (DHS)||Las Vegas||x|
|Southern Nev. Counterterrorism Center||Las Vegas||x|
|USAO District of Nevada (U.S. Attorney)||Las Vegas|
|USMS District of Nevada (Marshals)||Las Vegas|
|USSS Las Vegas (Secret Service)||Las Vegas|
|AFOSI Det 206 (Air Force)||Nellis AFB|
|Las Vegas Post of Duty (Defense)||Nellis AFB|
|Northern Nev. Counter-Terrorism Center (NNCTC)||Reno||x|
|RAC Reno (ICE)||Reno|
|Reno Field Office/Industry Operations (ATF)||Reno|
|Reno Office (Drug Enforcement)||Reno|
|Reno Police Department||Reno|
|Reno Resident Agency (FBI)||Reno|
|USSS Reno (Secret Service)||Reno|
|Washoe County Sheriff’s Office||Reno||x|
“The first category is national security threats posed by international terrorism, domestic terrorism and criminal acts. On the international front, these groups include most notably, Al Qaida and its affiliates. The domestic groups falling into this category include, The Aryan Nation, the Ku Klux Klan, as well as constitutionalist groups such as Posse Comitatus.”Source: Nevada Vulnerability Assessment Unclassified Summary and Recommendations, March 2006
|Public Safety||Extreme heat; Floods; Hurricanes; Thunderstorms; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||White supremacists|