The mission of the Homeland Security branch is to lead the unified state effort to keep Minnesota secure and prevent acts of terrorism. Staff members help public and private partners determine key community assets and prioritize how to protect them.
Two key programs are Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) and Port Security. The Homeland Security branch also now administers the Minnesota Law Enforcement Support Office (MN-LESO) program. (See links on the left hand side of this page)
Homeland Security Campaign
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants every Minnesotan to know they have an opportunity — in fact a responsibility — to help keep their community safer. Learn more about the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign and how you can help.
Minnesota law enforcement partners interested in promoting and participating in the campaign should contact HSEM Homeland Security branch for information and support.
Download the 11x14 See Something, Say Something poster here.
Visit our Homeland Security Grants site for more information on what programs may be available to your community.
HSEM participates in the following Task Forces:
- Arrowhead Counter Terrorism Task Force (ACTTF)
- East Metro WMD Community Task Force
- Hennepin County Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group
- FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
- Superior Integrated Border Enforcement Team
Programs and Initiatives
- Operation Stonegarden for northern border protection
- Buffer Zone Protection Program
- Tribal government security programs
- Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) in the ten county metro area
- Cross Border Health and Safety Working Group
The Operations Section of the Homeland Security and Response Branch is to provide operational support to all branches in HSEM and maintain daily operational readiness of the State Emergency Operations Center
To learn more about response assets visit our Emergency Response page