Frequently Asked Questions


New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness


What is the Mission of NJOHSP?

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) leads and coordinates New Jersey’s counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and emergency preparedness efforts while building resiliency throughout the State.

NJOHSP’s mission, established under Executive Order No. 5 (Corzine, 2006), is to administer, coordinate, lead, and supervise New Jersey’s counterterrorism and preparedness efforts. In 2015, Governor Chris Christie added to that mission by ordering NJOHSP to coordinate cybersecurity information sharing across all levels of government and the private sector through the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) under Executive Order No. 178.


When Was NJOHSP established?

NJOHSP was established by Executive Order No. 5 in 2006 by Governor Jon S. Corzine as the successor to the Office of Counter-Terrorism. The Office of Counter-Terrorism was created in 2002 by Executive Order No. 33 by Governor James E. McGreevey.


HOW IS NJOHSP DIFFERENT FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY?

NJOHSP is a Cabinet-level state agency responsible for leading counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and preparedness efforts with the State of New Jersey. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a Cabinet-level federal agency responsible for leading the homeland security mission of the United States.

More information about DHS can be found here.


How is njohsp different from the new Jersey office of emergency management?

NJOHSP coordinates the emergency response efforts across all levels of government, law enforcement, emergency management, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating emergency operations within the state which are beyond local control.

More information about NJOEM can be found here.


Who is the intended audience for NJOHSP products?

Our products are intended to assist in decisions related to policy, legislation, resource allocation, and personal safety. We strive to be as transparent as possible by offering objective analysis to government agencies, private sector partners, and the public.


HOW CAN I Report suspicious activity?

NJOHSP’s Counterterrorism Watch desk operates the State's toll-free, 24-hour terrorism tip line, which is staffed by trained law enforcement professionals. You can anonymously report suspicious activity by calling 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ. Alternatively, you may email us at tips@njohsp.gov

In the case of an emergency, or if a crime may be in process, always call 9-1-1 before reporting suspicious activity.


Should I notify njohsp of upcoming large-scale events?

NJOHSP appreciates advanced notice of public events that attract large numbers of people—generally over 1,000—in a public or private venue. Examples include: concerts, marathons, firework displays, community celebrations, craft fairs, visits by VIPs, sporting events, holiday gatherings, and other mass gatherings. This information provides NJOHSP with valuable situational awareness.

To submit upcoming event information, please click here and complete the form.


DOES NJOHSP HANDLE IMMIGRATION ISSUES?

No, US Citizenship and Immigration Services oversees lawful immigration to the United States. More information about immigration issues can be found here.


DOES NJOHSP Issue United States PASSPORTs?

No, passports are issued by the US Department of State. More information can be found here.


WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AIRPORT SECURITY IN NEW JERSEY?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the lead agency responsible for airport security in the United States. More information about TSA can be found here.


Counterterrorism


HOW DOES NJOHSP DEFINE TERRORISM?

NJOHSP observes the US Department of Justice definition of terrorism. According to 28 CFR § 0.85, “terrorism includes the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM?

NJOHSP observes the definitions of domestic terrorism and international terrorism as stipulated by 18 US Code § 2331.


Who can OFFICIALLY CLASSIFY INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS AS TERRORISTS?

Only the US Department of State has the authority to designate foreign organizations as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The FBI identifies alleged terrorists, both domestic and international, wanted for violations of federal law. More information can be found here.


Cybersecurity


DO YOU PROVIDE RESOURCES AND ANALYSIS RELATED TO CYBERSECURITY?

Yes. The New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) is the State's Information Sharing and Analysis Organization dedicated to cybersecurity threat analysis and incident reporting. Learn more about the NJCCIC's mission here.


Resilency


How does njohsp define resiliency?

NJOHSP defines resiliency as the ability to anticipate, adapt to, and withstand risk. Resiliency is the product of preparedness. It is the culmination of efforts put in place to ensure readiness for any type of event.


How does njohsp build the state’s resiliency?

NJOHSP follows the National Preparedness System as described in Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8 and the strategic imperatives described in Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-21 to lead the State’s preparedness efforts and build resiliency across New Jersey.


How does njohsp Define Critical Infrastructure?

NJOHSP observes the definition of critical infrastructure as stipulated by 42 US Code 5195c(e), which are “systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters.”