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Homeland Security · Overview

The Homeland Security Division encompasses Vessel and Terminal Security (VATS) for the entire Washington State Ferries (WSF) fleet and security for the terminals in Western Washington counties; command of the four WSP inter-agency Explosives Units (bomb squads), the Canine Training Unit for the explosives and narcotics canine teams, and the Organized Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU), agency homeland security coordination, and manages the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC)..

The division headquarters is located in Seattle, with additional offices in Bremerton, Poulsbo, Olympia and Everett.

Our public safety efforts demonstrate our personnel's commitment to community and problem-oriented policing techniques. Their hard work in combination with our public safety partners has helped the Washington State Ferries maintain a safer transit system. This has helped enhance our economy and encourage tourism.

Homeland Security Coordinator

The Homeland Security Coordinator is responsible for agency-wide homeland security coordination, Emergency Management Division coordination, balanced scorecard implementation, grant coordination and consolidation and division strategic plan initiatives.

Members of the Homeland Security Section work closely with the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division, the Domestic Security Executive Group, the Committee on Homeland Security and the Emergency Management Council.

The WSP Homeland Security Section is responsible for leading, managing, and coordinating activities in the most efficient and effective manner.  Several Department of Homeland Security grants provide funds to the Washington State Patrol. You can view a few of the grants and how they are used below.

Organized Crime Intelligence Unit

OCIU provides assistance to criminal justice agencies, ranging from simple information request to ongoing assistance with complex criminal investigations. The unit also provides training on gang enforcement and trends to all troopers and sergeants, as well as local enforcement agencies.

 Grants and Programs

The Buffer Zone

The Buffer Zone provides grant funds for states and local areas to enhance security to their critical infrastructure.. 13 WSF terminals qualify as Buffer Zones and have received money from this grant. The award has helped obtain the following for WSF security:

  • Portable radios
  • Bicycles, equipment, and training for troopers
  • Dry Suits and Ballistic Flotation Load-Bearing Vests for SWAT
  • Kevlar helmets, blasting machines, and SCBAs for Bomb Technicians

Urban Area Security Initiative

UASI provides financial assistance to address the unique planning, equipment, training, and exercise needs of large urban areas. The UASI grant program has funded the following WSP initiatives:

  • Personal Dosimeters
  • Bomb Robot Trailers and Suits
  • Handheld database query capability for troopers
  • Participation in Marine Terrorism Response exercise
  • Bomb Squad Rapid Response Equipment for WSF terminals in District 2 to include bomb vehicles, robots, suits, x-rays, and disrupters.
  • Crime Lab Equipment

Supplemental State Homeland Security Grant Program

This program supplements funding available through FY 2003 SHSGP to enhance first responder preparedness. SHSGP II funds are also available to mitigate the costs of enhanced security at critical infrastructure facilities during the period of hostilities with Iraq and future periods of heightened threat. SHSG has funding the following:

  • SWAT radios, flotation vests, and microphones
  • Bomb Suits, vehicles, computers, and trailers
  • Portable Radios for FOB troopers
  • Rapid Deployment Force equipment including vehicles
  • Port Security Grant Program

Port Security Grant Program

The PSG Program provides financial assistance on a competitive basis to owners and operators of ports, terminals, U.S. inspected passenger vessels and ferries, port authorities, and State and local agencies for physical security enhancements. WSP initiatives include:

  • Explosives Bunker
  • Bomb K9 Training Aids
  • Bomb Dogs
  • BEAR Vehicle for SWAT
  • Equipment for the Puget Sound Tactical Response Project

Transit Security Grant Program

The TSGP provides funding for security and preparedness enhancements for designated transit systems. Funding is allowed for planning, organizational activities, equipment acquisitions, training, exercises, and management and administrative costs. WSP items include:

  • Bomb Squad Rapid Response Equipment for WSF terminals in Districts 7 and 8 to include bomb vehicles, robots, suits, x-rays, and disrupters.
  • Red Team Analysis

Division Contact Information

Washington State Patrol
Homeland Security Division
1519 Alaskan Way S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 389-2728 Phone
(206) 389-2730 Fax

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