The Western District of Virginia’s overriding goal is to protect the United States of America against the threat of terrorism. This goal will be accomplished by meeting the following objectives:
- Prevent, disrupt and defeat terrorist operations before they occur
- Develop and implement the full range of resources available to investigate terrorist incidents
- Bring their perpetrators to justice
- Vigorously prosecute those who have committed, or intend to commit terrorist acts in the United States.
All of the Western District's anti-terrorism efforts are designed to prevent terrorism, prosecute terrorists and lessen the district's vulnerabilities to domestic and foreign threats to our national security.
The centerpiece of the district’s efforts is the formation of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. The district's Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) is made up federal state and local law enforcement, corrections, emergency management officials, critical infrastructure (oil/chemical security), and military partners.
ATAC meetings are held to address specific concerns in the district, disseminate information and provide training, as well as accomplish district wide goals. Eight meetings are held three times a year in Wise, Abingdon, Danville, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Winchester.
For more information or to become a member of the ATAC, you may contact our Intelligence Officer & Law Enforcement Coordinator at (540) 857-2959.