Vermont ranks 48th 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 Rhode Island). In dollar amount, the state ranked 48th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 50th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 14th in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 26
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 6
Vermont 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 Vermont Joint Terrorism Task Force is located in Albany, N.Y.
Vermont 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 Albany Field Intelligence Group (FIG) covers Vermont. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Intelligence Group in Boston has jurisdiction over Vermont. The ICE Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) in Williston is a 24/7 fusion center that supplies real-time assistance to law enforcement officers who are investigating or have arrested foreign-born individuals involved in criminal activity.
The Vermont Fusion Center, established in 2005 and operated by the Vermont State Police, serves as a central information-sharing point for Vermont law enforcement agencies and works closely with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Albany, N.Y., and its subordinate resident agencies in the state. It is co-located with ICE's Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC).
The Homeland Security Unit of the Vermont Department of Public Safety was created in January 2002 to provide domestic preparedness support to state and local organizations. To assist in critical-infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor in Albany, N.Y., has jurisdiction over Vermont.
The Vermont Department of Public Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the Vermont State Police, Vermont Emergency Management and Criminal Justice Services. The FBI's Albany field office has jurisdiction over the state of Vermont. FBI resident agencies are located in Burlington and Rutland.
Vermont Emergency Management, a part of the Department of Public Safety, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Richford Station (Border Patrol)|
|Beecher Falls Station (Border Patrol)||Beecher Falls|
|15th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Burlington||x|
|Burlington Field Office (ATF)||Burlington|
|Burlington Resident Agency (FBI)||Burlington|
|RAC Burlington (ICE)||Burlington|
|USSS Burlington (Secret Service)||Burlington|
|Vermont Air National Guard||Burlington|
|Vermont Adjutant General (TAG)||Colchester|
|Vermont Army National Guard||Colchester|
|Vt. National Guard JFHQ||Colchester||x|
|RAC Derby Line (ICE)||Derby Line|
|Newport Station (Border Patrol)||Newport|
|Vt. Department of Public Safety||Pittsford|
|Rutland Resident Agency (FBI)||Rutland|
|RAC St. Albans (ICE)||St. Albans|
|Swanton Riverine Site (Customs)||Swanton|
|Swanton Sector, Vt. (Border Patrol)||Swanton|
|Swanton Station (Border Patrol)||Swanton|
|Vermont Emergency Management Agency||Waterbury|
|Vermont State Citizen Corps||Waterbury||x|
|Vt. Commisoner of Public Safety||Waterbury|
|Vt. Homeland Security Unit||Waterbury||x|
|Vt. State Police||Waterbury||x|
|Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) Computer Services Division (ICE)||Williston|
|Vermont Fusion Center||Williston||x|
|Public Safety||Floods; Thunderstorms; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|