September 11, 2001 was a day that unequivocally tested the enduring strength and spirit of America. Across the nation, we responded to the catastrophic events of that day with steadfast resolve to combat terrorism. In November of 2002, Congress voted to approve President Bush’s plan for the creation of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security to coordinate our national effort to protect Americans from terrorist threats and attacks. This department is responsible for the detection, prevention, protection, and response to any terrorist activity.
In 2003, Alabama formally established through legislative statute the first state cabinet-level department of homeland security in the United States. The Alabama Department of Homeland Security reflects the structure of the Federal Department, and creates an efficient and effective means of preserving the security and safety of all Alabamians by coordinating statewide prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts under one agency.
On December 23, 2010, I appointed Mr. Spencer Collier to serve as the third Director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Collier's background as an Alabama Department of Public Safety State Trooper and his experience working in the Alabama Legislature clearly qualifies him to head the Department, and will enable us to successfully seek funding to support our security efforts in Alabama.
The Alabama Department of Homeland Security coordinates with federal, state, local, and private sector officials to collect and analyze intelligence regarding terrorist threats and activities. The Department facilitates the collection and proper dissemination of relevant information to those officials and authorities who are our first line responders, and the primary defenders of our citizens.
As Governor, I proudly support the thousands of Alabama men and women who are working to make the world safer, whether at home or abroad. The Alabama Department of Homeland Security and I would like to encourage all Alabamians to join me in this venture.