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Utah ranks 42nd of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and is one of seven states that rank 37th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 42nd in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 38th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 49th in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Utah by analyzing data, including the following: * Utah is one of 15 states where U.S. attorneys secured no terrorism convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. * Salt Lake City is one of the 64 urban metropolitan areas that have been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. * Utah has the seventh-largest and fastest-growing immigrant population in the nation, a measure that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI associate with potential threats. Utah's homeland security apparatus was first formed in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and a Salt Lake City Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was established before 9/11.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 35

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 8

77.1% Pre-9/11

22.9% Post-9/11

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Utah is located in FEMA Region VIII; the Defense Coordinating Office for the state is in Denver.

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 2310235


  • Counterterrorism

    The Utah Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Salt Lake City. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Salt Lake City.

  • Intelligence

    Utah is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN). At the federal level, the FBI's Salt Lake City Field Intelligence Group (FIG) leads the state threat intelligence effort. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Denver has jurisdiction over Utah.

  • Fusion

    The Utah Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC) in Sandy, a component of the Utah Department of Public Safety, is the state-designated fusion center responsible for detecting, preventing, investigating and responding to criminal and terrorist activity.

  • Homeland Security

    Utah's Division of Homeland Security, part of the Department of Public Safety, is the lead agency for counterterrorism warning, critical-infrastructure mitigation, threat/vulnerability assessment, warning, and criminal investigation and response, working with public and private partners to identify and secure critical infrastructure against a potential attack. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Salt Lake City.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Utah Department of Public Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes Homeland Security, Investigations and Highway Patrol divisions. The Utah Criminal Intelligence Center, operated the Department of Public Safety, is responsible for criminal intelligence and information. The FBI's Salt Lake City field office has jurisdiction over the states of Idaho, Montana and Utah. In Utah, it operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Ogden, Provo, St. George and Vernal.

  • Emergency Management

    The Utah Division of Homeland Security (HLS), a part of the Department of Public Safety, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. It trains nearly 1,000 emergency responders annually in areas such as domestic preparedness, hazardous materials and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Utah Resident Office (Defense Sec.)Bountiful 
Utah Adjutant General (TAG)Draper 
Utah Air National GuardDraper 
Utah Army National GuardDraper 
Utah National Guard Joint Force HeadquartersDraperx
AFOSI Det 113 (Air Force)Hill AFB 
85th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Lehix
Monticello Resident Agency (FBI)Monticello 
Ogden Resident Agency (FBI)Ogden 
RAC Ogden (ICE)Ogden 
Salt Lake City Post of Duty (Defense)Ogden 
Provo Resident Agency (FBI)Provo 
RAC Provo (ICE)Provo 
ASAC Salt Lake City (ICE)Salt Lake City 
Protective Security Advisor Salt Lake City District (DHS)Salt Lake Cityx
Salt Lake City Field Office (FBI)Salt Lake City 
Salt Lake City Field Office (ICE)Salt Lake City 
Salt Lake City JTTF (FBI)Salt Lake City 
Salt Lake City Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)Salt Lake City 
Salt Lake City Satellite Office/Industry Operations (ATF)Salt Lake City 
Salt Lake County Sheriff's OfficeSalt Lake Cityx
USAO District of Utah (U.S. Attorney)Salt Lake City 
USMS District of Utah (Marshals)Salt Lake City 
USSS Salt Lake City (Secret Service)Salt Lake City 
Utah ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Salt Lake Cityx
Utah Citizen Corps CouncilSalt Lake Cityx
Utah Criminal Intelligence CenterSalt Lake City 
Utah Department of Public SafetySalt Lake City 
Utah Division of Emergency Services and Homeland SecuritySalt Lake Cityx
Utah Fusion Center (Dept. of Public Safety)Salt Lake Cityx
Utah County Sheriff’s OfficeSpanish Fork 
RAC St. George (ICE)St. George 
St. George Office (Drug Enforcement)St. George 
St. George Resident Agency (FBI)St. George 
Vernal Resident Agency (FBI)Vernal 

The threat of terrorism in Utah is increasing. Terrorism may include Weapons of Mass Destruction, Bio-Terrorism, Agro-Terrorism or Cyber-Terrorism. State and local government, as well as public and private businesses should establish procedures to follow in the event of terrorism, or civil unrest.”

Source: Utah Emergency Operations Plan, 2005

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyExtreme heat; Landslide and debris flow; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold
Domestic SecurityAnimal Liberation Front; Homegrown Islamic terrorists (Bosnia)
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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