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New Mexico

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.

New Mexico is one of 15 states and territories that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. intelligence agencies assess as having no specific foreign or domestic terrorism threat; is one of 15 states that have had no terrorism convictions since 9/11, according to the Justice Department; and is one of 18 states that has no metropolitan area that has been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 41

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 7

82.9% Pre-9/11

17.1% Post-9/11

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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.

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 3110041


  • Counterterrorism

    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.

  • Intelligence

    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.

  • Fusion

    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.

  • Homeland Security

    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.

  • Law Enforcement

    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.

  • Emergency Management

    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.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted 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 GuardAlbuquerque 
New Mexico ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Albuquerquex
New Mexico Resident Office (Defense Sec.)Albuquerque 
New Mexico State PoliceAlbuquerque 
N.M. JTTF /Albuquerque JTTF (FBI)Albuquerquex
Protective Security Advisor Albuquerque District (DHS)Albuquerquex
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 Ranchox
Roswell Resident Agency (FBI)Roswell 
New Mexico Adjutant General (TAG)Santa Fe 
New Mexico Army National GuardSanta Fe 
New Mexico Citizen Corps State CouncilSanta Fex
N.M. All Source Intelligence Center (ASIC)Santa Fe 
N.M. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementSanta Fex
N.M. Domestic Terrorism Working GroupSanta Fex
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

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyExtreme heat; Floods; Thunderstorms; Winter storms; Extreme cold
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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