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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.
||2013 Kentucky State Fire School and KOHS Conference
84th Annual Kentucky State Fire School and Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Conference
The Kentucky State Fire School and Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Conference will be June 6-9 in Lexington.
The conference promises to be the best ever, with more than a dozen new courses, many of which have never been offered before in Kentucky. Several other courses are only available at the State Fire School.
The Exhibit Showcase is the largest show of emergency service equipment, supplies and services in Kentucky. Exhibitors come from many states, showing everything from collectibles to fire apparatus.
Pre-registration is highly recommended. Register online at http://kyfirecommission.kctcs.edu/ or mail completed registration forms to:
State Fire School
P.O. Box 700
Calhoun, KY 42327
Pre-registrations accepted until May 28. Registrations after May 28 are onsite at the school.
||Homeland Security Information Network
The Homeland Security Information Network was created to interface with existing information-sharing networks to support the diverse Communities of Interest engaged in preventing, protecting from, responding to, and recovering from all threats, hazards, and incidents under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security.
HSIN is uniquely qualifed to meet the missions of DHS and its information-sharing partners because of its ability to support and enhance collaboration among COIs that represent all levels of government including federal, state and local offices.
For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/HSIN.
Interested parties can contact KOHS intelligence analyst Lindsey Hix about becoming a member of the HSIN law-enforcement community. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.