The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety has three seamless, but unique missions in its service to the State of West Virginia
Military Affairs Division: the National Guard.
The National Guard serves a dual federal-state mission unique to the U.S. military and sets the National Guard apart from any other reserve component. The distribution of soldiers, equipment and facilities across the state allows the National Guard to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies statewide. The Guard also serves a federal mission through deployment of personnel and resources in support of US operations around the world.
Public Safety Divisions: the State Police, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, the Division of Corrections, the Division of Juvenile Services, the Division of Protective Services, the Parole Board, the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The public safety divisions residing within DMAPS have a mission to provide police, security, emergency management, adult correctional facilities and juvenile justice services to name a few. A government’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. DMAPS agencies are responsible for providing such a safe environment. A major component of this is the state’s ability to respond to natural and man-made disasters; a role that encompasses many of DMAPS services.
Homeland Security Division: the State Administrative Agency (SAA).
Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Jimmy Gianato, was appointed by the Governor to serve as West Virginia ’s Homeland Security Advisor. Within the Office of the Secretary resides the State Administrative Agency whose primary responsibility - at the direction of the Secretary - is planning and implementation of measures in direct support of homeland security; federally, regionally and locally. The SAA provides guidance, direction and coordination in mobilizing, organizing, and preparing the State of West Virginia for acts of terrorism and man-made or natural disasters. The SAA develops and coordinates the implementation of a comprehensive state strategy and performs the functions necessary to carry out the mission.