Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $10 million available to all 57 counties and New York City to support the development of threat assessment and management teams, a key part of local terrorism prevention plans. domestic required under Executive Order 18. The executive order was issued by Governor Hochul in the aftermath of the Buffalo attack in May and is designed to address the disturbing rise of domestic terrorism and violent extremism frequently inspired, planned and publicized on social media platforms and internet forums. According to Executive Order 18, plans must include input from law enforcement, mental health professionals, school officials, social service agencies and other key stakeholders within their jurisdictions.
“In the wake of the horrific white supremacist attack in my hometown of Buffalo, we are committed to confronting and eradicating the scourge of domestic terror,” Governor Hochul said. “My number one priority as governor is keeping New Yorkers safe, and this much-needed funding will be critical in helping our local public safety partners address domestic terrorism within their own communities. together, we can ensure that New York is prepared for all risks that threaten our collective security, and prevent future acts of domestic terrorism and extremist violence across the state.”
Guidance on developing TAM teams and securing funding to do so was provided to 36 counties and New York City at a two-day summit last week hosted by the Division of Safety Interior and Emergency Services (DHSES) at the State Preparedness Training Center. in Oriskany. DHSES encourages localities to develop TAM teams as a way to mitigate targeted violence. The creation of these teams will also contribute to meeting the requirements for the creation of national plans for the prevention of terrorism. Each county and New York City are eligible to receive up to $172,413 to support these efforts and must submit their plans to the state by the end of the year.
Jackie Bray, Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said: “We are proud to support our public safety partners in the fight against domestic terrorism and targeted violence here in New York State. Through Governor Hochul, our team is working directly with our stakeholders to secure funding and provide guidance to meet the challenges ahead and keep New Yorkers safe.”
New York State Counties Association Executive Director Stephen Acquario said: “Governor Hochul understands that to execute state policy at the local level, counties need the funding to do so. This funding is essential to support the development of threat assessment and management teams. We commend the governor for her leadership and appreciate the partnership with the state as counties work to develop their local domestic terrorism prevention plans.”
The recent surge in domestic terrorist attacks represents one of the most pressing threats to public safety in the United States. Over the past decade, terrorist attacks and domestic conspiracies have tripled nationwide. In 2021, there were 73 terrorist attacks and conspiracies uncovered in the United States, including 38 white supremacist and like-minded terrorist attacks and conspiracies.
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