New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services: Office of Counter Terrorism
The Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) supports federal, state, local, tribal and private sector efforts to prevent terrorism in variety of ways. Through the Safeguard New York program, OCT educates public and private sector stakeholders on how to spot and report suspicious activity that may be linked to terrorism. Safeguard New York promotes the "See Something, Say Something" campaign and the State's terrorism tips line (1-866-723-3697). Members of the OCT Intelligence Unit also staff the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC). Managed by the New York State Police, the NYSIC serves as the State's Fusion Center, bringing together federal, state and local agencies to analyze and share information related to terrorism and other crimes. Additionally, OCT provides terrorism threat briefings, counter terrorism training and grant resources used for programs and initiatives aimed at preventing and/or mitigating acts of terrorism.
The Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) works to protect the people of New York and our Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources by identifying, cataloging and assessing the vulnerability of critical assets and sectors in New York State. In doing so, OCT helps to support the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, which outlines the 18 critical infrastructure sectors. Because much of the infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, OCT is always working to identify and enhance relationship with the private sector and our other stakeholders. OCT also supports and coordinates programs and initiatives designed to protect and enhance the security of critical infrastructure through the use of grant funds, and efforts related to the security of our Northern Border with Canada, including the Operation Stonegarden grant program.
The Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) prepares first responders (e.g. Fire, Police, EMS) by providing or facilitating the delivery of first responder training and exercises, and by providing grant funding intended to build and enhance first responder preparedness capabilities. In doing so, OCT manages numerous federal grant programs that support counter terrorism planning, training, exercises, and equipment. Additionally, OCT also manages a Logistics Center responsible for equipment intended to help first responders prepare for and respond to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and other hazardous materials. Although focused on counter terrorism, some of the grant programs and equipment can be used to support broader "all hazards" preparedness and response efforts as well.
OCT is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the State Homeland Security Strategy.