Homeland Security

“Welcome to the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security's official website. Since the attacks of 9/11, our country and the world as we knew it changed forever. Our office is deeply committed to protecting all citizens of Tennessee from the criminal and terrorist threats that would damage our American way of life. Please take a few minutes to view our site and join our efforts in protecting our state and country.”

Reporting Suspicious Activity

“If you see something, say something” is a program designed to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism-related crimes and/or unusual, suspicious or criminal activities, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities. If you see something suspicious taking place then report that behavior or activity by calling 9-1-1. An alert public plays a critical role in keeping Tennessee safe.

Homeland Security Districts

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Tennessee is divided into eleven Homeland Security Districts to provide organized, coordinated multi-county teams that maximize efforts to prevent, protect against and respond to manmade or natural incidents. This organization allows for wise use of limited resources of funds, personnel, equipment and time by building mutually supporting and interoperable programs across the state.

For district information, please click on the district numbers below.

Printable copy of the Homeland Security Districts map


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Mission Statement

The Tennessee Office of Homeland Security has the primary responsibility and authority for directing statewide activities pertaining to the prevention of, and protection from, terrorist related events. This responsibility includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to secure the state from terrorist threats and attacks. Further, the office of Homeland Security serves as a liaison between federal, state and local agencies, and private sector on matters relating to the security of our state and citizens.

  • AWARENESS – Identify and understand terrorist threats within Tennessee.
  • PREVENTION – Detect, deter, and mitigate terrorist threats to Tennessee.
  • PROTECTION – Safeguard our citizens, their freedoms, property, and the economy of Tennessee from acts of Terrorism.
  • RESPONSE – Assist in coordinating the response to terrorist related events.
  • ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Putting the safety of our citizens first.