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Maryland Law Enforcement Seeks Your Help In Preventing Terrorism!

What Is Terrorism? Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government or its citizens in furtherance of certain political or social objectives. Law enforcement generally recognizes two types of terrorism, Domestic and International. Domestic Terrorism is based and carried out within the United States by our own citizens without foreign direction. International Terrorism is connected to a foreign government or group and its activities transcend our nation's boundaries. International terrorist acts against U.S. citizens can occur anywhere in the world.

Investigating Terrorism The FBI has primary responsibility for investigating terrorism matters in the U.S., but has recognized the best way to do this is in partnership with other agencies. Consequently, Maryland law enforcement and other government entities have joined the FBI in forming the Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force (MJTTF). The MJTTF is comprised of local, state and federal agencies who work jointly with other non-member agencies to investigate terrorism matters throughout Maryland. The MJTTF constitutes one state-wide central investigating and coordinating entity whose purpose is to prevent terrorism.

Report Suspicious Activity To The MJTTF By Contacting The Maryland Coordination And Analysis Center (MCAC)

E-mail: mdwatch@leo.gov

How Can You Help? The MJTTF is seeking your assistance in preventing terrorist acts. Certain activities can indicate that terrorist planning is occurring, especially when they take place at or near key facilities such as: Government, military, utility, or other high-profile sites; or places where large numbers of people gather. Suspicious activity of interest to the MJTTF includes:

1) Surveillance: Are you aware of anyone recording or monitoring activities, taking notes, using cameras/maps/binoculars, etc., near key facilities?

2) Suspicious Questioning: Are you aware of anyone attempting to gain information in person, by phone, mail, e-mail, etc., regarding a key facility or its personnel?

3) Tests Of Security: Are you aware of any attempts to penetrate or test physical security/procedures at a key facility?

4) Acquiring Supplies: Are you aware of anyone attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, uniforms, badges, flight manuals, access cards or identification for key facilities or to legally obtain items under suspicious circumstances which could be used in a terrorist attack?

5) Suspicious Persons: Are you aware of anyone who does not appear to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, businesses establishment or near a key facility?

6) Dry Runs: Have you observed any behavior which appears to be practice for terrorist activity such as mapping out routes, playing out scenarios with other people, monitoring key facilities, timing traffic lights or traffic flow, or other suspicious activity?

7) Deploying Assets: Have you observed any abandonment of vehicles, stockpiling of suspicious materials, or persons deploying near a key facility?

Hate Crimes against an individual or group based on their religion, race or ethnicity may also rise to the level of a terrorist act and should immediately be reported to the MJTTF.

What Should You Do? If you detect suspicious activity which may relate to terrorism, please contact the MJTTF or your local police department as soon as possible.


  • Maryland State Police
  • Maryland Transportation Authority Police


  • Anne Arundel County Police
  • Baltimore City Police
  • Baltimore County Police
  • Howard County Police
  • Montgomery County Police
  • Prince George’s County Police


  • Army—Criminal Intelligence Division
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Defense Criminal Investigative Service
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • National Security Agency
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service
  • United States Customs and Border Protection
  • United States Marshals Service
  • United States Secret Service