The Sheriff's Office has partnered with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and fire and emergency medical services, and embraces the latest technology to enhance emergency response capabilities such as incident command systems, radio and data interoperability, and real time video downlinks, to help thwart future acts of terrorism. As the homeland security strategy constantly evolves, the Sheriff’s Office will assist in developing terrorism and response plans as it relates to our county.
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, it was soon realized that local and state law enforcement agencies would play a pivotal role on the ground in preventing and responding to any future incidents within the borders of the United States. As a result, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act was enacted in 2004. The act created an interactive intelligence community that reaches from the local communities and state all the way up to the federal law enforcement level, and provided monies to local governments to increase local preparedness and national security. At the local level, the increased funding resulted in increased law enforcement responsibilities. The Sheriff's Office engaged in activities to equip, train, and provide "interoperable" communication to support first responders; identify and develop plans to protect critical infrastructure; develop intelligence to inform assessments of threats and vulnerabilities; assist in the investigations of terrorists and terrorist organizations; and implement protocols and procedures for controlling and mitigating damage resulting from terrorist attacks.