State Security

    State Security Division

    State Security Division (SSD) is located at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Headquarters campus in Sacramento. State Security Division is one of the most distinctive Divisions within the CHP. SSD is responsible for maintaining a rigid level of security at the CHP Headquarters campus while providing oversight of the Counterterrorism and Threat Awareness Section and the Emergency Operations and Safety Services Section.

    Counterterrorism & Threat Awareness Section

    The Counterterrorism & Threat Awareness (CTTA) Section has officers assigned to the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Centers (RTTAC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and the State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (STTAC). CTTA mission is to support the CHP homeland security efforts to: Prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks within California, protect the people of California and the State's critical infrastructure and key resources, and respond to and recover from incidents that do occur.

    The State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (STTAC)
    The STTAC is a partnership of the California Highway Patrol, the California Emergency Management Agency (formally California Office of Homeland Security) and the California Department of Justice. The STTAC works in conjunction with four Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Centers. The STTAC is designated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the primary intelligence center for the State of California. This multi-agency center was created for the purpose of terrorism/criminal intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination for the purpose of detecting, deterring and preventing terrorism in California.

    Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Centers (RTTAC)
    There are four RTTAC located within California-Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Their areas of responsibility mirror those of the four FBI Field Offices within the state, minimizing reporting conflicts, providing statewide coverage and facilitating coordination with the FBI. RTTAC are managed and staffed by local law enforcement, fire service and other public safety agencies and maintain close, cooperative, coordinated, and mutually supportive working relationships with each other, the FBI JTTF, and the STTAC.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
    The CHP has officers assigned to JTTF within the FBI Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego Field Offices. These officers are assigned to international terrorism, domestic terrorism, or operational threat squads that "triage" tips and leads from law enforcement contacts or citizen complaints. The JTTF are composed of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers for the purpose of identifying and disrupting potential terrorist plots by individuals or terrorist cells and sharing that information with law enforcement and intelligence partners

    Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program
    CTTA operates a TLO program that assists the Department with information sharing and dissemination by receiving and providing timely information to and from Department personnel. The TLO program also provides counterterrorism related training to CHP personnel and provides personnel and a regional and/or local point-of-contact for questions regarding terrorism related matters.

    Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center (ENTAC)
    ENTAC acts as the Department's Operations Center (DOC) to coordinate the procurement of resources necessary to fulfill CHP responsibilities during emergency incidents. Involvement is limited to the coordination and supply of resources and/or exchange of intelligence or other information necessary to supplement Division Emergency Operations Center support of command and tactical operations at an emergency incident. The role of the Headquarters DOC is to: Provide support requested by field commands and incident commanders; serve as an information clearing center between departmental EOC; and acts as the liaison with allied agency representatives at the state level. In addition to DOC responsibilities, ENTAC is responsible for the following:

    • ENTAC is a statewide AMBER Alert coordinator providing the public with immediate and up-to-date information about a child abduction via widespread media broadcast
    • Provides statewide AMBER Alert training for the Department and allied agencies
    • Administers the Counterterrorism Watch program
    • Completes Computer Security Incident Reporting
    • Completes Suspicious Activity Reports

    Emergency Operations and Safety Services Section

    The Mission of the Emergency Operations and Safety Services (EOSS) Section is to support and enhance the California Highway Patrol (CHP) ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

    Safety Services Program (SSP)
    The CHP established the SSP as a result of the merger of the CHP and the California State Police under the Governor's Reorganization Plan (GRP No. 1) in 1995. California Vehicle Code (VC) Section 2400(g) and Government Code Section 14685(c) (1) authorized the development of a program that establishes guidelines for the protection of the state employees, properties and occupants of the state-owned or state-leased facilities. The SSP is assigned to the State Security Division (SSD), Emergency Operations and Safety Services Section and coordinates the following field related safety services:

    • Crime Prevention Program
    • Emergency Preparedness Program
    • Event Permits for Activity on State Property
    • Headquarters Security System
    • Master Service Agreement for Unarmed Security Guards
    • Report Crimes on State Property Missing Lost/property STD.99
    • Safety Services Program Handbook
    • Site Vulnerability Assessment
    • Tax Seizure Program
    • Workplace Violence Prevention Program

    Emergency Management Unit (EMU)
    The mission of the Emergency Management Unit is to support and enhance the California Highway Patrol ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The following are EMU objectives:

    • Develop and enhance departmental policies and procedures relative to emergency incident management and homeland security related activities and operations.
    • Provide emergency incident and homeland security related training and coordinate departmental participation in emergency incident and homeland security related exercises.
    • Administer the Department's homeland security grant program in order to fund equipment purchases and programs that will assist the Department to maintain a high level of emergency preparedness.