U.S. Virgin Islands
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
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.
The St. Thomas Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) annex is subordinate to the FBI's San Juan, Puerto Rico, field office.
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.
The Virgin Islands does not have an organized fusion center, but a fusion center facility was incorporated into the new VITEMA headquarters in 2009.
The Virgin Islands Office of Homeland Security was consolidated into an enlarged Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) in 2010.
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.
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.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|USAO District of Virgin Islands (U.S. Attorney)|
|23rd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||St. Croix||x|
|RAC St. Croix (ICE)||St. Croix|
|St. Croix Resident Agency (FBI)||St. Croix|
|St. Croix Satellite Office (ATF)||St. Croix|
|Virgin Island Air National Guard||St. Croix|
|Virgin Islands Army National Guard||St. Croix|
|Virgin Islands State Emergency Management Office||St. 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. Thomas||x|
|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 Commission||St. Thomas|
|Virgin Islands Police Department||St. Thomas|
|Public Safety||Floods; Hurricanes; Landslide and debris flow; Thunderstorms|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|