AZ Department of Homeland Security chief speaks to Scottsdale Rotary

Rotarian Anthony Siebers introduced Gilbert Orrantia, director of Arizona Department of Homeland Security, to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at meeting held Dec. 5 at Scottsdale McCormick’s Lakeside Ballroom.

Rotarian Anthony Siebers, Gilbert Orrantia and Club President Mary Blank greeting Rotarians and guests.

Mr. Orrantia became director of Arizona Department of Homeland Security in June, 2009. Prior to this, Mr. Orrantia served in the FBI for 26 years.

Mr. Orrantia is nationally recognized as an expert in investigations of terrorism, drugs and violent crimes. Among many of his state and national appointments, he serves as co-chair, with Cindy Hensley McCain, of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.

Mr. Orrantia stated large-crowd events are targets of traffickers and Arizona has many as hosts of a wide-variety of sporting events and large conventions.

The director stated human sex trafficking is wrong, it’s evil, “it’s the worst thing – Arizonans must continue to be vigilant to monitor and continue to promote public awareness of this serious problem.”

He asked the attendees to do what they can to ensure that the victimized and the vulnerable know how to seek help and to recognize and report these crimes.”

Mr. Orrantia provided an overview and answered questions about projects being addressed by his department: the many terrorism-related preparedness grants; outreach to tribal nations; collaboration within the Arizona-Mexico Security Commission’s law enforcement training;  human trafficking; combating the varied methods that drug cartels move drugs over our borders; border security; unaccompanied children influx over borders; false news via the internet; and, so many other topics that impact each person’s safety.

Mr. Orrantia talked about Arizona’s counter terrorism information “fusion” center.  The center is funded by a post-911 grant to ensure multi-agency collaboration among local, country, state, and federal FBI, CIA, ICE, TSA and related agency representatives.

He suggested that attendees view the “Run Hide Fight” internet video  as it suggests ways to react to an “active shooter” and be prepared for the worst to get yourself out of harm’s way.
To learn more about Rotary Club of Scottsdale programs and membership, visit security; unaccompanied children influx over borders; false news via the internet; and, so many other topics that impact each person’s safety.

Mr. Orrantia talked about Arizona’s counter terrorism information “fusion” center.  The center is funded by a post-911 grant to ensure multi-agency collaboration among local, country, state, and federal FBI, CIA, ICE, TSA and related agency representatives.

He suggested that attendees view the “Run Hide Fight” internet video  as it suggests ways to react to an “active shooter” and be prepared for the worst to get yourself out of harm’s way.

To learn more about Rotary Club of Scottsdale programs and membership, visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.

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