Homeland Security Starts with Hometown Security: NJOHSP's Hometown Security Initiative

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The whole community—our residents, visitors, business owners, places of worship, schools, and community leaders—all play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and secure. Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it calls for the involvement of everyone—not just the government.

NJOHSP developed the Hometown Security Initiative as a pathway to engage our local communities to enhance their level of preparedness, building a more secure and resilient New Jersey. Piloted in June of 2016, the Hometown Security Initiative allows federal, state, and local agencies to connect directly with the local community, its small businesses, faith-based organizations, and educational institutions. Since the program’s inception, we have held 10 Hometown Security seminars, attended by more than 500 residents.

In today’s podcast, we discuss New Jersey’s Hometown Security Initiative with our key partners at the Department of Homeland Security and the New Jersey State Police. We will share how this effort fosters a culture of preparedness and lays the foundation to build capabilities in our communities across New Jersey.




Protective Security Advisor, US Department of Homeland Security

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Andrew Smith is a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Advisor assigned to New Jersey. He serves as a security and resiliency subject matter expert and is the link between state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations and DHS infrastructure mission partners.

Smith was a Special Investigator for NJOHSP and was actively involved in Super Bowl XLVIII infrastructure security planning, security assessments for the return of the Miss America Pageant to Atlantic City, and numerous exercise developments for private- and public-sector partners. Additionally, he was actively involved in the New Jersey State Emergency Operations Center during Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, the Super Bowl in 2014, and the Papal visit to Philadelphia.

Previously, Smith served four years in the United States Marine Corps and 20 years with the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman, with multiple overseas deployments supporting Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2015, he was recognized by the Attorney General of The State of New Jersey for his work on the Bakken Crude Oil by Rail Security and Preparedness working group. Additionally, his work with the freight railroads earned him “Project of the Year” by the Director of NJOHSP.

Smith graduated with honors from American Military University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Homeland Security. He also holds Associates Degrees in Industrial Security and Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force.

Critical Infrastructure Bureau Chief, New Jersey State Police

Captain John Marley of the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) is the Bureau Chief for the Critical Infrastructure Bureau at the Regional Operations Intelligence Center, where he oversees the Threat Analysis Unit (TAU), Infrastructure Protection Unit (IPU), and Cyber Threat Intelligence Unit. Previously the Unit Head for the TAU,

Marley was deployed to Puerto Rico in 2017 as the Intelligence/Investigations Section Chief as part of the New Jersey Puerto Rico Integrated Deployment Effort to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Marley has served as the Assistant Bureau Chief for the Violent and Organized Crime Control North Bureau, the United Head for the Counter Terrorism Bureau with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and a Supervisor for NJSP Detectives assigned to the JTTF in the Newark, New York, and Philadelphia Field Offices and the New York City Police Department’s Intelligence Division.

Among Marley’s key contributions are conducting international and domestic terrorism investigations and assisting in the planning and deployment of Situational Awareness Teams for Super Bowl XLVIII as part of the JTTF, as well as assisting in the management of international terrorism investigations and the Military Liaison and Detention Unit in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he conducted interviews of suspected al-Qa’ida captives at the US Navy facility.

While assigned to NJOHSP for three years, Marley conducted intelligence and criminal investigations as they pertained to international and domestic terrorist organizations, developed and delivered anti-terrorism awareness training, provided community outreach, and assisted in developing force protection for critical infrastructure sites. During this time, he was also assigned to the Intelligence Working Group for the US Department of Homeland Security’s TOPOFF 3 international full-scale exercise.

Among his various roles with the State Police, Marley was assigned to the NJSP Academy in the In-Service Training Unit and served as the NJSP coordinator for Anti-Terrorism Awareness seminars conducted by the FBI, NJSP, and NJOHSP.

Marley served eight years in the US Marine Corps Reserve and is a member of the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals and the American Society for Industrial Security International. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in education from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice from Richard Stockton College.