DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Lafayette Group has provided support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since its establishment. The critical role of law enforcement and public safety officers in our Nation’s safety and security became all the more apparent after 9/11 and has been demonstrated in the evolution of their role in homeland security and counterterrorism. DHS has called upon Lafayette Group because of our decades of work at all levels of law enforcement and public safety. DHS has engaged Lafayette Group to become an integral part of planning and training for interoperable communications and expanding broadband access. Having earned a national reputation in law enforcement and intelligence, DHS has asked Lafayette Group to support fusion centers and the integration of law enforcement into the Intelligence Community (IC) and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE). Lafayette Group has worked to promote exchange of best practices between the law enforcement and the military and to counter the homegrown violent extremist threat.

Communications, Interoperability and Cyber Security: Lafayette Group has been an integral point of support for DHS to unify and lead the nationwide effort to improve emergency communications capabilities across all levels of government. Lafayette Group has provided staff support for the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) since its creation and throughout its growth in recent years. Additionally, we have helped States plan and prepare for the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) implementation and FirstNet coordination. We are also supporting the US Ignite program to prepare federal infrastructure for broadband, as well as the Joint Wireless Program Management Office (JWPMO) and the DHS Chief Information Officer which coordinates all Federal responders within DHS and the Department of Justice. Lafayette Group is also assisting DHS with the development of a cyber-risk assessment for Long Term Evolution networks. We have also had the opportunity to support cross border security and communications, the National Emergency Communications Plan, Disaster Emergency Communications through FEMA, and the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program in conjunction with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

Law Enforcement and Public Safety: Lafayette Group continues to take on new responsibilities in law enforcement and public safety practices; intelligence and information sharing; and law enforcement programs. As “need to share” has replaced the old guidance on “need to know,” Lafayette Group has helped law enforcement agencies and fusion centers to identify and instill best practices on intelligence and information sharing. A crucial component of this has been designing training and technical assistance programs for law enforcement and fusion centers. Lafayette staff were the first to develop policy and strategy materials to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) and to conduct police training. Lafayette staff are assigned to the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at DHS. Support is provided to the State and Local Program Office (SLPO) at DHS Headquarters in Washington D.C.. Ultimately, these projects make sure crucial information and intelligence is identified and shared among all partners and disciplines for the broadest understanding of the common operating environment to prevent crime and terrorism.