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Welcome to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Overview

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security carries out multiple missions mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as the Kentucky General Assembly.  For example:

Community safety and security -- first responder training; seminars about personal safety; Neighborhood Watch support; management of Eye on Kentucky; assistance to Citizen Emergency Response Teams; and guidance against violence for business and industry.

Administrative oversight of the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center -- primarily ensuring multi-agency collaboration ranging from KOHS and Kentucky State Police intelligence analysts with GIS capabilities to the Missing and Exploited Child Center to providing secure work areas for various federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies as needed.  Additionally, the fusion center is a 24/7 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet resource for major highway monitoring plus coordination of circumstances regarding acts of nature affecting traffic flow and safety.

Federal-grant administration -- aiding cities, counties and state agencies in acquiring interoperable communications equipment, victim rescue gear, DHS-approved fire department and EMS equipment and devices essential in helping thwart attacks on infrastructure vital to the security and economic stability of Kentucky and the United States.

Counterterrorism -- threat and vulnerability assessments; suspicious activity intelligence gathering and analysis; classified information sharing with law-enforcement sources; awareness of anarchist and other groups engaged in unlawful practices; and preventive or mitigative guidance to both the public and private sectors against potential attacks.  The key is foreseeability rather than reaction. 

The Kentucky e-Warrant program -- innovative technology facilitating and expediting law enforcement's issuances of warrants. The system is accessed via a basic Internet connection in an office, police vehicle, or even a smart-phone device.

Managing the Law Enforcement Protection Program -- providing  needed funds for body armor, primary firearms and electronic-control weapons for local police and sheriff's departments. Money source: Confiscated illegal weapon auctions by KSP only to licensed federal weapons dealers.

Kentucky’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program ---KOHS by and through the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center, identifies, analyzes and implements protective initiatives for the Commonwealth's 16 critical infrastructure and key resource sectors.  KOHS prepares assessments on critical assets and monitors intelligence in order to share information that may impact the Commonwealth’s key businesses and resources.

Firefighters Memorial

The Kentucky Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at Juniper Hills Park in Frankfort on Oct. 8 remembered four firefighters in the Commonwealth who died in service to their communities -- Arlie "Pooh" Hill, Whitley County Fire Department; Charles Goff, McQuady Fire Department; Robert Webster, Glencoe Fire-Rescue Department; and Jonathan French, Glendale Fire Department.

 

 

Homeland Security Information Network

The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is the trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share Sensitive But Unclassified information. Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, international and private sector homeland security partners use HSIN to manage operations, analyze data, send alerts and notices, and in general, share the information they need to do their jobs. For more information about HSIN, visit www.dhs.gov/HSIN.

Parties interested in obtaining access to the HSIN-Kentucky Communities of Interest can contact the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center at fusioncenter@ky.gov.

 

Homeland Security Information Network

 

Steven L. Beshear, Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Steven L. Beshear
Governor of Kentucky


 Gene Kiser
Executive Director


Related Content
 

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security's The Sentinel newsletter

The Sentinel -- Fall 2014 [PDF 3.2 mb]

 

2014 Kentucky Preparedness Proclamation

Link to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

"If You See Something, Say Something" video Post by Eye on KY.


Last Updated 12/16/2014
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