Wisconsin ranks 26th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with Kansas and Minnesota), and 19th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 26th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 25th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 21st in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 50
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 19
Wisconsin is divided into six emergency management regions. The state is also divided into six Threat Liaison Officer (TLO) regions that mirror the emergency management regions. The state is located in FEMA Region V; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Chicago.
The Wisconsin Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Milwaukee, with a JTTF annex in Madison. Elements of the Wisconsin JTTF began operating immediately after 9/11, and the JTTF was officially established in January 2002. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in Milwaukee and Madison.
Wisconsin is a member of the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). At the federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Milwaukee. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Chicago has jurisdiction over Wisconsin.
Wisconsin operates two fusion centers: The Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC), established in 2006, is a component of the state Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation. The all-crimes, all-hazards, all-events center is the state-designated fusion center. In 2009, the WSIC acquired a Mobile Support Unit (MSU) and began deployment of intelligence analysts and special agents to assist local and federal agencies on the scene of major criminal investigations, large spectator events and disaster responses. The WSIC is the first fusion center in the country to obtain and deploy a MSU. The Southeastern Wisconsin Terrorism Alert Center (STAC), established in 2006, is a component of the Milwaukee Police Department. The Milwaukee Area Urban Areas Security Initiative and fusion center has an all-crimes, all-hazards and counterterrorism mission.
The Wisconsin Homeland Security Council, established in 2003, is the governor's advisory body, chaired by the adjutant general of the Wisconsin National Guard, who also serves as the state homeland security adviser. There are a number of additional groups that address matters related to homeland security, including the Catastrophic Planning Group and the Infrastructure Protection Working Group. To assist in critical-infrastructure protection, the DHS Protective Security Advisor in Milwaukee has jurisdiction over Wisconsin. A Wisconsin Agro-Security Working Group, chaired by the FBI, facilitates information and technology sharing between public and private entities to bolster Wisconsin's agriculture and food security posture.
The Wisconsin State Patrol, part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT), is the statewide law enforcement agency. The Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DOJ-DCI) investigates crimes that are statewide in nature or importance, including financial crimes, computer crimes and drug trafficking. The DOJ-DCI also hosts the state's intelligence fusion center, the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center (WSIC). The Capitol Police, a division of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, includes dignitary-protection services. The FBI's Milwaukee field office has resident agencies and satellite offices in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison and Wausau.
The Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management, under the Department of Military Affairs, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The Wisconsin State Emergency Operations Center is operated by the Division of Emergency Management.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Eau Claire Resident Agency (FBI)||Eau Claire|
|Fort McCoy RA (U.S. Army)||Fort McCoy|
|Green Bay Office (Drug Enforcement)||Green Bay|
|Green Bay Police Department||Green Bay|
|Green Bay Resident Agency (FBI)||Green Bay|
|La Crosse Resident Agency (FBI)||La Crosse|
|54th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Madison||x|
|ATAC Western District of Wisc. (U.S. Attorney)||Madison||x|
|Dane County Sheriff's Office||Madison||x|
|Madison JTTF Annex (FBI)||Madison||x|
|Madison Office (Drug Enforcement)||Madison|
|Madison Police Department||Madison||x|
|Madison Resident Agency (FBI)||Madison|
|Madison, WI (Group I Field Office) (ATF)||Madison|
|University of Wisconsin Police Department||Madison||x|
|USAO Western District of Wisconsin (U.S. Attorney)||Madison|
|USMS Western District of Wisconsin (Marshals)||Madison|
|USSS Madison (Secret Service)||Madison|
|Wisc. Department of Administration||Madison||x|
|Wisc. Emergency Management Agency||Madison|
|Wisc. Homeland Security Advisor||Madison||x|
|Wisc. Homeland Security Council||Madison||x|
|Wisc. National Guard Drug Control Program||Madison|
|Wisconsin Air National Guard||Madison|
|Wisconsin Army National Guard||Madison|
|Wisconsin Citizen Corps||Madison||x|
|Wisconsin Division of Capitol Police||Madison||x|
|Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)||Madison||x|
|Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance||Madison|
|Wisconsin State Patrol||Madison|
|Wisconsin Statewide Information Center/ Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC)||Madison||x|
|Eastern District of Wisc. ATAC (U.S. Attorney)||Milwaukee||x|
|Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office||Milwaukee||x|
|Milwaukee Field Office (FBI)||Milwaukee|
|Milwaukee HIDTA (Nat'l Drug Control)||Milwaukee|
|Milwaukee JTTF / Wisc. JTTF (FBI)||Milwaukee||x|
|Milwaukee Office (Drug Enforcement)||Milwaukee|
|Milwaukee Police Department||Milwaukee||x|
|Milwaukee Post of Duty (Defense)||Milwaukee|
|Milwaukee Satellite Office (ATF)||Milwaukee|
|Protective Security Advisor Milwaukee District (DHS)||Milwaukee||x|
|RAC Milwaukee (ICE)||Milwaukee|
|Southeastern Wisc. Terrorism Alert Center (STAC) / Milwaukee Area UASI and Fusion Center||Milwaukee||x|
|USAO Eastern District of Wisconsin (U.S. Attorney)||Milwaukee|
|USMS Eastern District of Wisconsin (Marshals)||Milwaukee|
|USSS Milwaukee (Secret Service)||Milwaukee|
|Kenosha Resident Agency (FBI)||Pleasant Prairie|
|Waukesha County Sheriffs Department||Waukesha|
|Wausau Resident Agency (FBI)||Wausau|
|Milwaukee Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||West Milwaukee|
“Wisconsin also faces significant human-caused risks. There are a number of active extremist groups in the state, including fringe animal rights, environmental, pro-sovereign, and white supremacist organizations that pose an ongoing threat to researchers, government agencies, and businesses. In addition, hazardous materials threats result from production and transportation of man-made chemicals. Finally, the threat of terrorism cannot be discounted in Wisconsin, especially the risk to key infrastructure targets and Cyberterrorism.”Source: State of Wisconsin Homeland Security Strategy, 2009-2011
“Agriculture is a $51 billion industry in Wisconsin. To help protect our economy and our food supply, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has completed two major plans relating to food safety and helped to create a network of government and industry groups to facilitate industry-wide food safety awareness. Future initiatives will expand collaboration among government agencies and the industry and develop new plans for sensitive areas.”Source: Annual Report 2008, Wisconsin Homeland Security
|Public Safety||Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||White supremacists|