DIMACS/Lab for Port Security/DyDAn Homeland Security Joint Seminar

Speaker: Major John Hunt, Commanding Officer of the Homeland Security Branch of the Special Operations Sector, New Jersey State Police

Title: Managing the Radius of Risk

Date: Monday, December 3, 2007

Time: 3:30pm - Refreshments served at 3:00pm

Location: Lecture Hall 1st Floor, CoRE Bldg, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


Since the events of September 11, 2001, the New Jersey State Police have taken a more global approach to addressing potential threats brought on by terrorism in addition to employing preparedness and response capabilities to the constant challenges that impact the State of New Jersey.

In February 2004, the New Jersey State Police created a new Branch within the organization which helped streamline homeland security response. The Homeland Security Branch allows the New Jersey State Police to best coordinate statewide resources for a strong and fast response to emerging public safety threats.

In his talk, Major Hunt will discuss how the New Jersey State Police define and use 'Managing the Radius of Risk'.


Major John Hunt is in his 25th year of service with the New Jersey State Police. He has served as the Commanding Officer in the Field Operations, Intelligence, and the Emergency Management Sections. He currently is the Commanding Officer of the New Jersey State Police Homeland Security Branch - Special Operations Section. The Special Operations Section encompasses the following Bureaus: State Governmental Security, Deployment Services (Infrastructure Security, Incident Command, Meadowlands Sports Complex), Marine Services, Aviation, Hazardous Materials, Arson/Bomb, K-9, and Technical Emergency and Mission Specialist Units. He served 9 years and commanded the Technical Emergency and Mission Specialist Unit which included the Swat, High Angle Rescue, and Scuba response for the New Jersey State Police. Major Hunt was selected by Colonel Rick Fuentes to oversee the inception of the Regional Operations Intelligence Center, also known as the ROCK, New Jersey's variation of the State Fusion Center. He was Commanding the Field Operations Section during the New Jersey State Police address of the Federal Consent Decree and directed the Management Awareness Personnel Performance System also known as MAPPS. During his Command of the Intelligence Section he led the application of the Statewide Intelligence System - (SIMS). Major Hunt has given presentations across the nation and in Israel and Belgium regarding the New Jersey State Police, 'Managing the Radius of Risk'. He has a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University and has served as an adjunct professor for Seton Hall during the past 10 years. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the State of New Jersey.