Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Homeland Security

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. 

The Homeland Security branch also now administers the Minnesota Law Enforcement Support Office (MN-LESO) program. (See link 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 following See Something, Say Something materials by clicking on the links below:


Visit our Grants web page for more information on what programs may be available to your community. 

Task Forces

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.