New Mexico ranks 33rd of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with New Hampshire), and is one of four states that rank 45th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 29th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 17th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked fifth in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 41
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 7
New Mexico is divided into six preparedness areas. The state is located in FEMA Region VI; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is located in Denton, Tex.
The New Mexico Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Albuquerque. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Albuquerque.
New Mexico is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN) and the Navy-sponsored Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX). It is also a member of the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led initiative, begun in 2006, designed to increase the flow of information between participating agencies regarding transnational criminal organizations and violent gangs operating along the southern border. At the federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Albuquerque. The ICE Field Intelligence Group in El Paso has jurisdiction over New Mexico.
The New Mexico All Source Intelligence Center, a component of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, was established in September 2007 and is the state's all-crimes, all-hazards and counterterrorism fusion center.
The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) was created during the 2007 legislative session, when the Office of Homeland Security, created in 2003, and the existing Office of Emergency Management, then a part of the Department of Public Safety, were merged to create a Cabinet-level agency. The Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, under HSEM, has primary responsibility and authority for coordinating and improving the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources. The purpose is to provide direction to all New Mexico sectors and reduce the risk of terrorist incidents through a joined effort combining local government, industry, private sector, citizens and agencies. To assist, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Albuquerque.
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the State Police, the New Mexico Mounted Patrol and the Gang Task Force. The FBI's Albuquerque field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Las Cruces, Roswell and Santa Fe.
The New Mexico Office of Emergency Management (OEM) began as the state's Civil Emergency Preparedness Division, created in 1959, then evolved to become a division of the Department of Public Safety in 1990. In 2007, the office was merged with the state Office of Homeland Security to create the Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Alamogordo Station (Border Patrol)||Alamogordo|
|AFOSI Det 705 (Air Force)||Albuquerque|
|Albuquerque Aviation Operations (Customs)||Albuquerque|
|Albuquerque District Office (Drug Enforcement)||Albuquerque|
|Albuquerque Field Office (FBI)||Albuquerque|
|Albuquerque Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)||Albuquerque|
|Albuquerque Post of Duty (Defense)||Albuquerque|
|Albuquerque Satellite Office (ATF)||Albuquerque|
|New Mexico Air National Guard||Albuquerque|
|New Mexico ATAC (U.S. Attorney)||Albuquerque||x|
|New Mexico Resident Office (Defense Sec.)||Albuquerque|
|New Mexico State Police||Albuquerque|
|N.M. JTTF /Albuquerque JTTF (FBI)||Albuquerque||x|
|Protective Security Advisor Albuquerque District (DHS)||Albuquerque||x|
|RAC Albuquerque (ICE)||Albuquerque|
|USAO District of New Mexico (U.S. Attorney)||Albuquerque|
|USMS District of New Mexico (Marshals)||Albuquerque|
|USSS Albuquerque (Secret Service)||Albuquerque|
|Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Artesia Facility (DHS)||Artesia|
|AFOSI Det 120 (formerly AFOSI Det 224) (Air Force)||Cannon AFB|
|Deming Aviation Operations (Customs)||Deming|
|RAC Deming (ICE)||Deming|
|Farmington/Gallup Resident Agency (FBI)||Gallup|
|AFOSI Det 225 (Air Force)||Holloman AFB|
|AFOSI Det 116 (Air Force)||Kirtland AFB|
|Las Cruces Office (Drug Enforcement)||Las Cruces|
|Las Cruces Resident Agency (FBI)||Las Cruces|
|Las Cruces Satellite Office (ATF)||Las Cruces|
|N.M. Southwest Border HIDTA (Nat'l Drug Control)||Las Cruces|
|RAC Las Cruces (ICE)||Las Cruces|
|LANL (Dept. of Energy)||Los Alamos|
|64th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Rio Rancho||x|
|Roswell Resident Agency (FBI)||Roswell|
|New Mexico Adjutant General (TAG)||Santa Fe|
|New Mexico Army National Guard||Santa Fe|
|New Mexico Citizen Corps State Council||Santa Fe||x|
|N.M. All Source Intelligence Center (ASIC)||Santa Fe|
|N.M. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management||Santa Fe||x|
|N.M. Domestic Terrorism Working Group||Santa Fe||x|
|Santa Fe Resident Agency (FBI)||Santa Fe|
|White Sands Resident Office (Military Intel.)||White Sands|
“The threat of terrorist incidents in our Nation presents significant planning, training, response, and recovery challenges to the State of New Mexico and local governments. To address these challenges, the State of New Mexico and its local governments maintain a domestic preparedness strategy to better prepare for and respond to a terrorism incident. ... Terrorism related threats and risks to the citizens and infrastructure sites in New Mexico can derive from members, adherents, and sympathizers of various international and domestic terrorist and extremist organizations. The extensive international border with Mexico also provides the potential for the surreptitious introduction into New Mexico of dangerous individuals and their means to implement a terroristic event.”Source: State of New Mexico All-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan, 2007
|Public Safety||Extreme heat; Floods; Thunderstorms; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|