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U.S. Virgin Islands

http://ltg.gov.vi/

The U.S. Virgin Islands is one of 20 states and territories that had no terrorism convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. It 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.

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) consolidated with the Virgin Islands Office of Homeland Security in 2010 and completed construction of a new headquarters. The integrated facility includes a fusion center, which will be staffed by territory and federal officers when fully activated in 2011-2012.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 17

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 2

88.2% Pre-9/11

11.8% Post-9/11

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Organizations

The U.S. Virgin Islands is located in FEMA Region II; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the territory is in New York City.

OrganizationsFederalStateLocalTotal
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.
81110
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Organizations tasked with responding to natural disasters, attacks using weapons of mass destruction and other emergencies.
0303
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.
1203
Counterterrorism
Counterterrorism
Organizations, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, that work exclusively on terrorism cases.
1001
JTTFs
Joint Terrorism Task Force
A multiagency task force, run by the FBI, that has the lead in investigating terrorism within the United States.
1001
Intelligence
Intelligence and Fusion
Organizations that collect, analyze and share information about domestic threats.
0000
Fusion Centers
Fusion Center
A place where information from multiple agencies in a state or region is sent to be analyzed.
0000
Totals 106117

Initiatives

  • Counterterrorism

    The St. Thomas Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) annex is subordinate to the FBI's San Juan, Puerto Rico, field office.

  • Intelligence

    The Virgin Islands is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC). The territory is also a member of Southern Shield, a consortium of homeland security and law enforcement officials from 14 Southeastern states and territories. At the federal level, the FBI operates Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs) in XX. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in San Juan has jurisdiction over the Virgin Islands.

  • Fusion

    The Virgin Islands does not have an organized fusion center, but a fusion center facility was incorporated into the new VITEMA headquarters in 2009.

  • Homeland Security

    The Virgin Islands Office of Homeland Security was consolidated into an enlarged Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) in 2010.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Virgin Islands Police Department is the territory-wide law enforcement agency. The FBI's San Juan, Puerto Rico, field office has jurisdiction for the Virgin Islands. FBI resident agencies are located in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and St. Croix.

  • Emergency Management

    The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), reporting to the adjutant general, is the territory agency for coordinating homeland security and disaster/emergency preparedness. In 2010, the VITEMA relocated to a new headquarters that houses the St. Thomas-St. John 911 call center, an emergency operations center, a fusion center, office space and dormitories.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
USAO District of Virgin Islands (U.S. Attorney)  
23rd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)St. Croixx
RAC St. Croix (ICE)St. Croix 
St. Croix Resident Agency (FBI)St. Croix 
St. Croix Satellite Office (ATF)St. Croix 
Virgin Island Air National GuardSt. Croix 
Virgin Islands Army National GuardSt. Croix 
Virgin Islands State Emergency Management OfficeSt. Croix 
Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management (VITEMA)St. Croix 
RAC St. Thomas (ICE)St. Thomas 
St. Thomas Coastal Site (Customs)St. Thomas 
St. Thomas JTTF Annex (FBI)St. Thomasx
St. Thomas Resident Agency (FBI)St. Thomas 
St. Thomas Satellite Office (AFT)St. Thomas 
USMS District of Virgin Islands (Marshals)St. Thomas 
Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning CommissionSt. Thomas 
Virgin Islands Police DepartmentSt. Thomas 


State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Hurricanes; Landslide and debris flow; Thunderstorms
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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