As part of the Safer Schools Initiative, Ohio Homeland Security (OHS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), partnered with seven state universities to provide explosive-detection canines. Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Toledo and Youngstown State University all added a canine to their police departments in an effort to increase safety on each campus and their surrounding communities.
In addition to these universities, OHS added an explosive-detection canine team to its staff. Chloe, a female German Shepherd, and her handler, Mike Palumbo, a retired Army major and former Union County Sheriff's deputy, with 9 years previous experience as a canine handler, are available as a valuable resource that can be called upon for assistance by law enforcement agencies anywhere in the state.
This network of explosive-detection canines around the state adds another layer of safety to our universities and to the surrounding communities, while also serving as a deterrent to those who intend to harm our citizens.
Ohio Homeland Security's Infrastructure Protection (IP) Unit protects critical infrastructure, key resources and assets by sharing information, conducting assessments, and identifying vulnerabilities and consequences. The IP Unit helps to create a safer Ohio by providing threat and vulnerability assessments and by deploying SkyWatch™ Towers at the request of local law enforcement
Security assessments concerning threats, vulnerability and risk are provided by Ohio Homeland Security (OHS) at no charge to public and private sector partners across Ohio. In order to determine vulnerable areas and suggestions for improvement, the assessments offer guidance regarding the safety of a given facility's physical assets and operational procedures.
What is provided to you?
IP Unit assessors will review emergency plans and procedures with your management, look at facility threat and vulnerability assessment history, and identify potential mass casualty areas.
After completion of your assessment, you will be provided a Summary of Findings, with an optional Out Brief presentation. All assessments will include commendable actions and remedial options for consideration.
The SkyWatch™ Tower is a 30-foot-tall mobile observational structure equipped to provide additional security and situational awareness to special events with crowds over 5,000 people. With four fully-functional pan, tilt and zoom cameras, the SkyWatch™ Tower provides 360-degree security awareness at no cost to law enforcement agencies across Ohio, dependent on availability.
The SkyWatch™ Tower adds an additional level of security to an event while only having a 15' x 30' footprint. The climate-controlled structure remains functional in hot and cold weather and is able to be self-powered by a generator or plugged into a local power source to ensure continuous surveillance. Operated mainly by OHS IP Unit staff, the SkyWatch™ Tower only requires one local law enforcement officer to be assigned to monitor the structure.
What is provided to you?
In 2008, Ohio Homeland Security (OHS) began a statewide Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program with the goal of increasing local, statewide and regional intelligence collaboration by building relationships on a grass-roots level with local representatives, as well as to foster timely reporting of information to the Ohio Fusion Center Network (OFCN) for the purpose of analysis, sharing, and dissemination of intelligence.
In 2015, the TLO program expanded beyond just terrorism and was retitled the Intelligence Liaison Officer (ILO) Program. However, the program change is not simply a name change, but a new focus to include an "all crimes related to infrastructure protection" initiative. The initial phase of the expansion focused on local law enforcement, local fire and emergency medical service (EMS) departments as well as corrections. The following disciplines have also been added to expand the ILO network; emergency management, public health, US military & National Guard, education, adult parole authority, state & local government agencies, and select private sector businesses. The inclusion of these disciplines is expected to increase information sharing as well as grow the statewide network of available multi-discipline personnel.
The ILO Program provides local agencies and first responders an increased intelligence competency. Agencies may enhance their street-level intelligence collection by having trained ILOs with the ability to recognize threat indicators and report suspicious activity through their agency to the OFCN.
For additional information please contact the Ohio Homeland Security ILO Program Office at ILO@dps.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3895.
In coordination with the Ohio Fusion Center Network, Ohio Homeland Security's Terrorism Analysis Unit (TAU) analyzes information to create intelligence products to distribute a comprehensive and neutral homeland security perspective. TAU routes appropriate products and information to federal, state, local and private sector partners. The unit:
The Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) provides training and support for the investigation of crimes involving computers or other digital devices. Investigators assigned to this unit conduct forensic examinations of submitted evidence and occasionally conduct direct investigations of crimes involving computers or state databases. The CCU is located at the Patrol's General Headquarters.SAIC brochure
The Intelligence Unit provides 24/7 support to internal and external customers with real-time crash, case and traffic stop assistance, as well as long-term, larger-scale case support. Services are offered free of charge to any inquiring law enforcement agency.
The 24-hour command center serves as a central point for coordinating statewide law enforcement efforts during critical incidents and serves as the ESF-13 Law Enforcement support functions of the State Emergency Operations Center, when activated. As a central collection point, the Watch Center can disseminate information to all statewide and federal partners to multiply your agency's efforts. The Watch Center offers law enforcement agencies a direct link to Ohio State Highway Patrol resources to assist your agency free of charge:
The Ohio Fusion Center Network is comprised of three federally recognized fusion centers; the Statewide Terrorism Analysis & Crime Center (STACC), the state's primary fusion center, the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center (NEORFC) and the Greater Cincinnati Fusion Center (GCFC). Each of these are part of the National Network of Fusion Centers, which is made up of 79 fusion centers across the United States.
The Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit analysts, working with Ohio Homeland Security and the Ohio Department of Education, are trained in school and workplace violence threat assessment. They are available to answer questions, receive suspicious activity reporting and field tips regarding school and workplace violence. TAP analysts also monitor the Safer Schools Ohio Tip Line for school related threats.The following is a list of items which should be reported to the TAP Unit through the Safer Schools Tip Line:
To report an incident to the TAP Unit call or text 844-SAFEROH
For more information on the Safer Schools Program visit the website at saferschools.ohio.gov.
CRIME OR THREAT
Urgent Threats/Incidents or Crimes in Progress, Dial 911