DEMHS: Homeland Security


The Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT)
The Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) is headed by the Connecticut State Police.  The purpose of OCT is to utilize all resources within state government to develop unified safety and security measures to prevent, mitigate and manage incidents threatening the quality of life of the citizens of Connecticut.  The purpose of the OCT includes maintaining and operating the Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC), including coordinating the collection, analysis and distribution of information and security warnings to state and local government personnel, agencies and authorities, and the general public; establishing standards and protocols for the use of any intelligence information; and working with federal, state, local, and private sector representatives on intelligence and critical infrastructure issues. 

Connecticut Intelligence Center Unit
The Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC) includes a co-located team of federal, state and local partners (including DESPP, Department of Correction, Connecticut National Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Coast Guard, Office of the United States Attorney, federal Department of Homeland Security, and municipal police).  CTIC collects, analyzes and disseminates both criminal and terrorism-related intelligence to law enforcement officials throughout the state, and pertinent vetted information to authorized and appropriate agencies within the first responder and private sectors.  CTIC staff includes 5 regional intelligence liaison officers (corresponding to the 5 DEMHS regions).  CTIC operates under a privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protection policy.  CTIC Privacy Policy



Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit
The Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) within OCT works to assess and protect Connecticut’s public and private critical infrastructure assets and key resources, both physical and cyber-based, that are essential to maintaining the minimal operational capabilities of government and are necessary to the well-being of the economy.  The CIPU Unit identifies these key assets, assesses their vulnerabilities, participates in multi-agency deterrence and protection activities, and develops mitigation strategies designed to improve security at those sites.  The CIPU Unit also works with the OEM and the State Emergency Operations Center during emergencies to assist in preparedness, response, protection, and recovery issues related to the state’s critical infrastructure.  

Joint Terrorism Task Force
The Joint Terrorism Task Force is a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force to which OCT personnel are assigned.



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