Rhode Island ranks 50th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 49th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Vermont). In dollar amount, the state ranked 46th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 41st in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 18th in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 21
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 6
Rhode Island 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 Providence Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) annex is subordinate to the FBI's Boston field office. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Providence.
Rhode Island 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) covers Rhode Island. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Boston has jurisdiction over Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island State Fusion Center, established in 2006, is a component of the Rhode Island State Police. The state-designated center is co-located with the FBI field office and JTTF and focuses primarily on counterterrorism.
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is the state's liaison to the DHS. Its mission is to coordinate the government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terrorism. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, the DHS Protective Security Advisor in New Haven has jurisdiction over Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency. Rhode Island falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Boston field office, which maintains a resident office in Providence.
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) in Cranston is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Advisory Council (RI EMAC), chaired by the lieutenant governor, deals with domestic preparedness and emergency management.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|13th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Coventry||x|
|Rhode Island Adjutant General (TAG)||Cranston|
|Rhode Island Air National Guard||Cranston|
|Rhode Island Army National Guard||Cranston|
|Rhode Island State Citizen Corps||Cranston||x|
|R.I. Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA)||Cranston|
|R.I. Homeland Security||Cranston||x|
|R.I. National Guard JFHQ||Cranston||x|
|NCIS Northeast Field Office (Navy)||Newport|
|Rhode Island State Police||North Scituate|
|R.I. Fusion Center (State Police)||North Scituate|
|Providence Field Office (ATF)||Providence|
|Providence JTTF Annex (FBI)||Providence||x|
|Providence Resident Agency (FBI)||Providence|
|RAC Providence (ICE)||Providence|
|Rhode Island ATAC (U.S. Attorney)||Providence||x|
|USAO District of Rhode Island (U.S. Attorney)||Providence|
|USMS District of Rhode Island (Marshals)||Providence|
|USSS Providence (Secret Service)||Providence|
|Providence Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||Warwick|
|Warwick Police Department||Warwick|
“Ongoing threats from both foreign governments and radical terrorist groups to bring terrorism 'to the shores of America' cannot be taken lightly. Advances in weapons lethality and sophistication, the open nature of a democratic society, and the vulnerability of Rhode Island's critical facilities and networks combine to form an environment which poses extreme problems and unique challenges to the State's civil and military authorities. RIEMA examined critical facilities within the state and has set priorities for the deployment of law enforcement officials if the state is ever confronted with a terrorist threat.”Source: Rhode Island Emergency Operations Plan, 2004
|Public Safety||Extreme heat; Floods; Hurricanes|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|