New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services: Office of Counter Terrorism
The mission of OCT is to support federal, state, local, tribal and private sector efforts to Prevent, Protect against, and Prepare for acts and threats of terrorism. Although counter terrorism is OCT's primary mission, many of its programs and initiatives support capabilities that can be applied to other threats and hazards.
The Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) was created as part of the merger that established the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. OCT retains staff and units from its predecessor, the Office of Homeland Security (OHS). Like OHS, OCT is not a law enforcement agency, but it works closely with the New York State Police and other law enforcement and public safety agencies in the fight against terrorism.
The Office of Counter Terrorism was created as one of four offices within the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) by an act of the State Legislature in July 2010. As outlined in article 709-A of the NY Executive Law, the Office of Counter Terrorism is responsible for:
- Developing and analyzing the state's policies, protocols and strategies relating to the prevention and detection of terrorist acts and terrorist threats;
- Collecting, analyzing and sharing information related to terrorist threats and terrorist activities throughout the state;
- Coordinating strategies, protocols and first responder equipment needs to detect a biological, chemical or radiological terrorist act or threat;
- Working with private entities and local, state and federal agencies to conduct assessments of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to terrorist attacks;
- Consulting with appropriate state and local governments and private entities to facilitate and foster cooperation to better prepare the state to prevent and detect threats and acts of terrorism.