Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan today announced the establishment of the new DHS Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention.
“DHS remains committed to preventing all forms of terrorism, including both international and domestic, as well as preventing acts of targeted violence such as racially motivated violence,” McAleenan said in a statement. “This new office supports the direction the president outlined in the National Strategy for Counterterrorism and will enable DHS to more effectively coordinate our resources and capabilities to better serve the needs of states and local communities.”
“By expanding the aperture of terrorism prevention to include targeted violence, DHS can help communities better protect themselves against a broader range of current and emerging threats,” he added. “This new office will focus on moving beyond ‘whole of government’ efforts to ‘whole of society’ and give prominence to the needs and leadership of states and local communities.”
The Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention widens the scope of previous departmental efforts to ensure that all forms of violence, regardless of the ideological motivation, are being addressed. The office will leverage, coordinate, and build upon the broad range of prevention activities that are currently implemented across DHS, including grants, community awareness and law enforcement awareness briefings, threat assessments, information sharing, and reporting of tips and leads.