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Threat Prevention and Security Policy

Threat Prevention and Security Policy (TPSP) is responsible for the policy development and policy coordination in all DHS mission areas related to screening coordination, law enforcement, and information sharing policies.

DHS has substantial federal law enforcement responsibilities, and TPSP ensures coordination and consistency across the Department’s law enforcement agencies and with other U.S. Government law enforcement agencies. TPSP also works to improve screening coordination and risk-based programs and policies to allow the Department to interdict threats at the earliest opportunities. DHS is both a producer and a consumer of information used by the national security, intelligence, and military communities, and TPSP ensures proper sharing and coordination of information essential to DHS’s ability to fulfill its mission.

Screening Coordination Office

The Screening Coordination Office (SCO) coordinates DHS screening and credentialing policies and programs.  SCO works closely with DHS operational components and oversight bodies to: 1) facilitate legitimate travel and the issuance of immigration benefits; 2) deter, detect, and deny access to or withhold benefits from individuals who may pose a threat to the United States; and 3) support individual privacy and redress opportunities to ensure that screening and vetting programs keep pace with evolving threats, technologies and operational realities. SCO manages the Visa Waiver Program and REAL ID program and plays a key role in Departmental and interagency efforts such as terrorist watchlisting; credentialing and access control; biometric and biographic screening; and immigration vetting.

Law Enforcement Policy

Law Enforcement Policy (LE Policy) was established in September 2014 to centralize and coordinate the management of critical law enforcement policy issues across DHS.  LE Policy coordinates extensively within DHS, with other federal government stakeholders, and with foreign partners to advance DHS law enforcement programs and priorities, develop cross-cutting Department policy, and address the evolving criminal and national security challenges confronting DHS law enforcement in the field.   In addition to playing a pivotal role in formulating the Department’s policy and strategy in the Counternarcotics and Combating Transnational Organized Crime mission spaces, LE Policy routinely engages in more “traditional” law enforcement policy matters, such as the use of force; recording of custodial interviews; use of confidential informants; law enforcement deconfliction; reporting of off-duty officer misconduct; international policing/collaboration; and application of law enforcement tools and technologies (e.g., body-worn cameras, cell-site simulators, and smart gun technology requirements).

Information Sharing

Information Sharing Policy identifies new information sharing objectives, develops policy guidance for DHS Components and negotiates agreements with domestic and international partners.  Collectively this work facilitates DHS’s access to data in support of its statutory missions including screening and vetting activities across the Department.  It also collectively improves protection of the homeland by allowing external partners to leverage DHS data resources to detect and prevent risks early, before they can threaten the U.S.

Last Published Date: August 31, 2017

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