New Hampshire ranks 33rd of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with New Mexico), and 11th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 33rd in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 29th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 45th in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 41
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 24
New Hampshire is located in FEMA Region I; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Boston.
The Bedford Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) annex is subordinate to the FBI's field office in Boston.
The New Hampshire State Police created a Terrorism Intelligence Unit in October 2001 to collect and analyze intelligence information relating to criminal and terrorist activity and to coordinate the dissemination of that information among federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies. New Hampshire is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN). At the federal level, the FBI's Boston Field Intelligence Group (FIG) has responsibility for New Hampshire. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Boston has jurisdiction over the state.
The New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center, a component of the Department of Safety, is not yet a full-fledged fusion center, though the State Police Terrorism Intelligence Unit works with the FBI's JTTF and reviews raw data to compile and report on suspicious activities that could signal a terrorist attack.
New Hampshire's director of homeland security and emergency management reports directly to the governor and heads the state agency responsible for coordinating the planning for, response to and recovery from major natural and manmade disasters. Homeland Security and Emergency Management is part of the New Hampshire Department of Safety and is headquartered at the Incident Planning and Operations Center on the grounds of the State Fire Academy. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor in Boston has jurisdiction over New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Department of Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and is responsible for state homeland security and emergency management activities. New Hampshire falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Boston field office, which has resident agencies in Bedford and Portsmouth.
The Bureau of Emergency Management (BEM) in the New Hampshire Department of Safety is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. It is part of New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Bedford JTTF Annex (FBI)||Bedford||x|
|Bedford Resident Agency (FBI)||Bedford|
|Manchester Field Office (ATF)||Bedford|
|Manchester Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||Bedford|
|12th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Concord||x|
|Concord Police Department||Concord||x|
|Merrimack County Attorney’s Office||Concord||x|
|New Hampshire Adjutant General (TAG)||Concord|
|New Hampshire Air National Guard||Concord|
|New Hampshire Army National Guard||Concord|
|New Hampshire Department of Justice||Concord||x|
|New Hampshire Department of Safety||Concord||x|
|New Hampshire Fish and Game Department||Concord||x|
|New Hampshire Police Standards & Training Council||Concord||x|
|New Hampshire State Citizen Corps Council||Concord||x|
|New Hampshire State Police||Concord||x|
|N.H. Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council / Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (U.S. Attorney)||Concord||x|
|N.H. Fire Marshal’s Office||Concord||x|
|N.H. Homeland Security and Emergency Management||Concord||x|
|N.H. Incident Planning and Operations Center||Concord|
|N.H. Intelligence Fusion Center||Concord||x|
|N.H. National Guard JFHQ||Concord||x|
|USAO District of New Hampshire (U.S. Attorney)||Concord|
|USMS District of New Hampshire (Marshals)||Concord|
|New Hampshire Division of Safety Services, Marine Patrol||Gilford||x|
|Rockingham County Attorney’s Office||Kingston||x|
|Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office||Kingston||x|
|Londonderry Police Department||Londonderry|
|Manchester Airport Security||Manchester||x|
|Manchester Police Department||Manchester||x|
|RAC Manchester (ICE)||Manchester|
|USSS Manchester (Secret Service)||Manchester|
|Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office||Nashua||x|
|Nashua Police Department||Nashua||x|
|National Drug Intelligence Center - Northern New England||Newington|
|Newington Police Department||Newington||x|
|NCIS Resident Agency Portsmouth (Navy)||Portsmouth|
|Portsmouth Police Department||Portsmouth|
|Portsmouth Resident Agency (FBI)||Portsmouth|
|Portsmouth Satellite Office (Diplomatic Sec.)||Portsmouth|
|Seabrook Police Department||Seabrook||x|
“"New Hampshire faces a wide array of risks, which may pose a significant threat to the population and property within the State. These include natural, technological and/or national security emergencies or disasters. ... An emergency or disaster can occur in the State at any time, any place. It may create significant degrees of human suffering, property damage and economic hardship to individuals, governments and the business community. The State assumes that there are many emergency situations that may directly produce severe consequences within New Hampshire and the varying degrees of impact will affect the response. ... The State is primarily responsible for natural, manmade and technological emergency preparedness and has shared responsibilities with the Federal government for national security preparedness."”Source: State of New Hampshire Emergency Operations Plan, 2005
“An act of terrorism, particularly an act directed against a large population center within the State of New Hampshire involving CBRNE/WMD, Cyber- and/or Agro-terrorism, may produce major impacts that will overwhelm the capabilities of the State agencies almost immediately. Major impacts involving CBRNE/WMD, Cyber- and or Agro-terrorism may overwhelm existing Federal capabilities as well. ... To cause serious impact that overwhelms a local jurisdiction's capability and requires State and Federal assistance, it is likely that the terrorist(s) will use a weapon of mass destruction (WMD).”Source: State of New Hampshire Emergency Operations Plan: Terrorism Annex, 2004
|Public Safety||Floods; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|