Hometown Security Initiative

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

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.

#HateHasNoPlaceInNJ - The NJOHSP Interfaith Advisory Council

Created in 2012, the Interfaith Advisory Council (IAC) provides a venue for government officials and members of law enforcement to maintain an open dialogue with hundreds of Christian, Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish faith-based leaders throughout New Jersey. Open communication at these quarterly meetings has strengthened the goodwill between law enforcement and faith-based groups that is crucial toward keeping religious communities safe and secure in one of the most diverse states in the nation.   

Join NJOHSP Director Jared Maples, Chief of Staff Patrick Rigby, and Detective Ehtasham Chaudhry as they discuss the importance of the IAC, provide examples of what occurs at meetings, and highlight the many valuable resources available to New Jersey’s faith-based communities.

Mapping Terror Series: Domestic Terrorism in 2017

Last year, there were 45 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and instances of weapons stockpiling. NJOHSP defines domestic terrorism as violence committed by individuals or groups—including race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious extremist ideologies—associated primarily with US-based movements. 

Tune in to our discussion on the threat presented by domestic terrorists, NJOHSP’s process for tracking their activity in 2017, and some high-profile cases in New Jersey.

Intelligence. Unclassified. Season Two Finale

This podcast marks not only the 100th episode of Intelligence. Unclassified., but also the end of Season Two. We hope you found value in the topics we covered this year, and enjoyed our speakers as they shared their insights and enthusiasm. To commemorate this occasion, our very own Director Jared Maples joins Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana in reviewing 2017 in homeland security and what the future holds for our office. 

Clergy Community Outreach Program

NJOHSP Deputy Director Steven Gutkin participated on a panel to discuss threats to New Jersey, religious facilities, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, and the Hometown Security Initiative at the Morris County Prosecutor's Clergy Community Outreach Program's Religious and Educational Facility Security meeting on Monday, February 7.

Episode 50: Intelligence. Unclassified. Season One Finale

Today we celebrate not only the 50th episode of Intelligence. Unclassified., but also the end of Season One. We hope you found value in the topics we covered this year, and enjoyed our speakers as they shared their insights and enthusiasm. To commemorate this occasion, our very own Director Chris Rodriguez joins Director of Intelligence and your Intelligence. Unclassified. host Rosemary Martorana in summarizing 2016 in homeland security and what the future holds for our office. 

Hometown Security Event in Camden

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the US Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the City of Camden, Camden County Prosecutor's Office and the Camden County Police Department, hosted a "Hometown Security Initiative" in Camden, New Jersey to help the local businesses and their employees further support the safety and security of the communities they serve.

Hometown Security Event in Point Pleasant

NJOHSP visited Point Pleasant Beach to present the Hometown Security Initiative with the Point Pleasant Beach Police DepartmentOcean County Prosecutor's OfficeNew Jersey State Police and Department of Homeland Security. Bringing the community together to create a safer tomorrow.