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.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 28
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 5
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Casper Office (Drug Enforcement)||Casper|
|Casper Police Department||Casper|
|Casper Resident Agency (FBI)||Casper|
|RA Casper (ICE)||Casper|
|84th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Cheyenne||x|
|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 Security||Cheyenne||x|
|Wyoming Air National Guard||Cheyenne|
|Wyoming Army National Guard||Cheyenne|
|Wyoming ATAC (U.S. Attorney)||Cheyenne||x|
|Wyoming Attorney General's Office||Cheyenne||x|
|Wyoming Criminal Intelligence Center||Cheyenne|
|Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations||Cheyenne|
|Wyoming Highway Patrol||Cheyenne|
|Wyoming Military Department||Cheyenne|
|Wyoming State Citizen Corps||Cheyenne||x|
|Wyoming State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)||Cheyenne|
|Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy||Douglas|
|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
|Public Safety||Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|