The Emergency Management Section (EMS) was created within the police department in December 1998. It was originally established to deal with the many issues that arise regarding emergency planning, to maintain liaison with other agencies involved with emergency management responsibilities, and to assist in planning for Y2K. It has since evolved into the primary unit for emergency operations planning for the Department, for both planned and unplanned events. The EMS is commanded by a lieutenant, and staffed with the number of budgeted and authorized sergeants as assigned by the Chief of Police. This section is focused on Disaster and Emergency Planning and assists as required for Special Event Planning. The personnel of the Emergency Management Section are also part of the Tucson Office of Emergency Management and the Tucson Urban Area Security Initiative.
The Emergency Management Section:
- Facilitates the identification of NIMS compliance levels for all department positions and assures compliance.
- Conducts threat and risk assessment evaluations of City buildings and infrastructure.
- Applies for and manages Homeland Security grants.
- Develops and maintains the Continuity of Operations and Emergency Operations Plan for the City of Tucson.
- Assists outside organizations with preparation of emergency and continuity of operations plans.
- Coordinates regional information sharing strategies for all local, state and federal stakeholders.
- Collaborates with regional partners on analyzing domestic and international terrorism as it applies to Southern Arizona.
- Plans for special events that may require a significant law enforcement response.
- Maintains the Mobile Command Post.
- Coordinates and facilitates the Department's Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism programs.
- Manages the Regional Rapid Response Team.
- Develops exercises to train department members and outside agencies in proper response to major emergencies and disasters.
- Trains department members in Mobile Field Force strategies.
- Serves on numerous state and local committees dealing with Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
- Facilitates and coordinates significant events through the Emergency Operations Center.
- Facilitates the regional terrorism liaison officer program.
- Conducts threat and vulnerability assessments for regional critical infrastructure and key resources and reports findings to the Department of Homeland Security.
- Serves as liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.