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Wyoming ranks 46th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 50th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 50th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 49th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 13th in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Wyoming by analyzing data, including the following: * The state is one of 15 that have had no terrorism convictions since 9/11, according to the Justice Department. * The state is one of 18 that have no metropolitan area that has been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. * One major terrorist plot related to Wyoming has been thwarted since 9/11: the Michael Reynolds oil refinery and pipeline plot in Casper in 2005. The Wyoming Counter Terrorism Commission was created by the governor in October 2001, followed by the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security in 2005. Wyoming is the only state without a formal Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) or fusion center. The FBI's Denver field office has an ad hoc JTTF in Wyoming, and the Wyoming Criminal Intelligence Center, a component of the state Attorney General's office, serves as an ad hoc fusion center.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 28

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 5

82.1% Pre-9/11

17.9% Post-9/11

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The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security has divided the state into seven regions, each with a regional emergency response team. The state is located in FEMA Region VIII; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support 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 1512128


  • Counterterrorism

    The FBI's Denver field office has an ad hoc Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Wyoming with 26 members representing 23 local, state and federal agencies and one private-industry partner. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Cheyenne.

  • Intelligence

    Wyoming is a member of the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Criminal Intelligence Team (CIT) is the only statewide intelligence and support entity for Wyoming law enforcement. At the federal level, the FBI's Denver Field Intelligence Group (FIG) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement FIG in Denver have jurisdiction over Wyoming, except Yellowstone National Park, which is the responsibility of the Salt Lake City FIG.

  • Fusion

    Wyoming does not have a formal fusion center focused on counterterrorism. The state's Criminal Intelligence Center, a component of the Wyoming Attorney General's office, serves as the ad hoc state fusion center. The Criminal Intelligence Team of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is responsible for gathering intelligence regarding felony criminal activity.

  • Homeland Security

    The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (WOHS) is responsible for all-hazards state preparedness. The WOHS and its partner agencies conduct and update vulnerability assessments at critical-infrastructure sites and manage security and mission-assurance programs. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, the DHS Protective Security Advisor in Denver has jurisdiction over Wyoming.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Wyoming Attorney General's Criminal Division is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the Division of Criminal Investigation, as well as the Wyoming Criminal Justice Information Network, the state public safety information-sharing network. Wyoming falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Denver field office, except for Yellowstone National Park, which is covered by the Salt Lake City field office. FBI resident agencies are located in Casper, Cheyenne, Jackson Hole and Lander.

  • Emergency Management

    The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security is both the homeland security and emergency response agency for the state. The Wyoming Homeland Security Operations Center (WHSOC) coordinates state resources in response to a request from a local jurisdiction or another state agency.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Casper Office (Drug Enforcement)Casper 
Casper Police DepartmentCasper 
Casper Resident Agency (FBI)Casper 
RA Casper (ICE)Casper 
84th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Cheyennex
Cheyenne Resident Agency (FBI)Cheyenne 
CHEYENNE RESIDENT OFFICE (Drug Enforcement)Cheyenne 
Cheyenne Satellite Office (ATF)Cheyenne 
RAC Cheyenne (ICE)Cheyenne 
USAO District of Wyoming (U.S. Attorney)Cheyenne 
USMS District of Wyoming (Marshals)Cheyenne 
USSS Cheyenne (Secret Service)Cheyenne 
Wy. Office of Homeland SecurityCheyennex
Wyoming Air National GuardCheyenne 
Wyoming Army National GuardCheyenne 
Wyoming ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Cheyennex
Wyoming Attorney General's OfficeCheyennex
Wyoming Criminal Intelligence CenterCheyenne 
Wyoming Division of Criminal InvestigationsCheyenne 
Wyoming Highway PatrolCheyenne 
Wyoming Military DepartmentCheyenne 
Wyoming State Citizen CorpsCheyennex
Wyoming State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)Cheyenne 
Wyoming Law Enforcement AcademyDouglas 
AFOSI Det 805 (Air Force)F.E. Warren AFB 
Jackson Hole Resident Agency (FBI)Jackson Hole 
Lander Resident Agency (FBI)Lander 
Lander Satellite Office (ATF)Lander 

Wyoming's geographic and commercial situations subject the state and its people to a variety of hazards. ... Some of the potential risks such as floods or severe weather could be preceded by a period of increased alertness, giving public officials time to take precautionary or protective measures to reduce loss of life and minimize damage. ... The probability of a terrorist or war-related event would involve mass casualties, major devastation, and disruption of vital services. Local authorities will exhaust their resources and use mutual aid agreements with volunteer groups, the private sector, and neighboring counties before requesting state assistance. Federal assistance may further supplement state and county efforts.”

Source: Wyoming Response Plan, 2008

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold
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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