WEST LONG BRANCH – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Edward Dickson convened a homeland security conference for more than 400 law enforcement, homeland security, emergency management professionals from various federal, state and local government agencies, as well as representatives from numerous private sector organizations. This year’s conference, held on the campus of Monmouth University, is the third held during the Christie administration.
“Protecting the citizens and critical infrastructure of New Jersey is the Christie Administration’s top priority,” said Chiesa. “Although we’ve made progress in the areas of information-sharing and preparedness planning, there is still much work to be done, and we remain unwavering in our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens. Today’s conference is important because it brings together a diverse group of law enforcement, emergency management and private sector leaders who work each day to prevent future attacks, and ensure that we are capable of responding to, and recovering from, any type of emergency event.”
This year’s conference, themed “Changing Environments in Homeland Security” addresses the new types of challenges facing homeland security and emergency preparedness efforts in New Jersey. The agenda includes a panel discussion focusing on ports and rail systems. Guest speakers will discuss the cyber threat, and new innovative ways to enhance security in cyberspace.
“By bringing together public and private sector partners to discuss the new challenges facing our collective mission, we enhance our ability to make our State safer and stronger,” said Dickson. “This gathering enables us to exchange ideas with representatives from numerous federal, state and local agencies, to identify areas in need of improvement, and serves as an opportunity to further integrate the private sector and the general public in our prevention, response and recovery capabilities.”
The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP), a Cabinet-level agency, was created in 2006. The OHSP Director serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, and is responsible for leading the state’s counter-terrorism and preparedness efforts across all levels of government and the private sector. OHSP oversees and distributes discretionary state and federal homeland security and emergency preparedness funds on behalf of New Jersey.