DEMHS: Homeland Security

Homeland Security

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Established under Title 28 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s (DEMHS) Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) consists of two units as described below.

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The Connecticut Intelligence Center, or CTIC, which serves as the designated and primary state fusion center, bringing together local, state and federal partners to collect, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate pertinent, vetted information to authorized and appropriate agencies within the first responder and private sectors regarding criminal and terrorist activity relevant to Connecticut, while following established Fair Information Principles to ensure the rights and privacy of citizens.  CTIC is one of 72 fusion centers around the country, and has the capacity to exchange classified information with the national intelligence community.  CTIC Privacy Policy


The CTIC includes five Regional Intelligence Liaison Officers (RILOs), one from each of the five Connecticut Police Chief's Association (CPCA) regions, which closely mirrors the five DEMHS regions. RILO's are selected from a local police department through a process and in collaboration with the CPCA. A RILO's primary role is to operate as liaisons with the municipalities, including each law enforcement agency, within these regions.  This RILO program is a national best practice.  In addition to DEMHS and the RILOs, CTIC members include the Department of Correction, the Department of Public Safety/Connecticut State Police, the Military Department, FBI, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Coast Guard, and an Intelligence Officer from the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) works to build a safer, more secure and more resilient Connecticut by enhancing protection of the State's Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR.) by conducting physical security/vulnerability assessments at key public and private facilities. 


The Office of Counter Terrorism also has assigned four troopers to participate on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New Haven, which is composed of local, state and federal investigators who are dedicated to combating terrorist activities within the state.  Recent JTTF activities include participation in the Times Square attempted bombing investigation, and continued participation in terrorism investigations.


New National Terrorism Advisory System


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