Arizona Department of Homeland Security

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What does AZDOHS do?

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS) is a State Cabinet-level office responsible for the management and administration of the terrorism-related homeland security grants received by Arizona from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.

The homeland security grants are utilized in the mission efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.  In addition to the grant programs, AZDOHS works to promote collaboration and partnerships among federal, State, local, private sector and Tribal entities to leverage resources to bolster first responder capabilities and increase Arizona’s resiliency.

AZDOHS is responsible for several key homeland security functions including:

  • Manage and administer Arizona’s homeland security grants
  • Enhance border security
  • Enhance cyber security and protection of Arizona’s critical infrastructure
  • Expand interoperable public safety communications
  • Collaborate with federal, State, local, private sector and Tribal partners on homeland security efforts

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What does AZDOHS do?

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS) is a State Cabinet-level office responsible for the management and administration of the terrorism-related homeland security grants received by Arizona from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.

The homeland security grants are utilized in the mission efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.  In addition to the grant programs, AZDOHS works to promote collaboration and partnerships among federal, State, local, private sector and Tribal entities to leverage resources to bolster first responder capabilities and increase Arizona’s resiliency.

AZDOHS is responsible for several key homeland security functions including:

  • Manage and administer Arizona’s homeland security grants
  • Enhance border security
  • Enhance cyber security and protection of Arizona’s critical infrastructure
  • Expand interoperable public safety communications
  • Collaborate with federal, State, local, private sector and Tribal partners on homeland security efforts

How do I get on your approved vendor list?

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS) does not procure products directly and does not suggest or recommend any products, services or vendors to anyone receiving our grant funds. 

If you would like to market your products and/or services directly to the agencies receiving funds, you may do so by contacting each governmental agency individually.

Questions about the State of Arizona procurement process should be directed to the State Procurement Office at (602) 542-5511.

How do I learn more about the grants managed by AZDOHS?

For more information on the grants managed by AZDOHS, please read the Grant Program FAQ page and visit the Grants section of our website.

Employment FAQs

What training opportunities are available?

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS) partners with the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to address the emergency preparedness training needs of homeland security stakeholders and federal homeland security grant recipients in Arizona.

Visit these links for more information on training and exercise or contact the Arizona Division of Emergency Management Training and Exercise staff at (602) 464-6225.

Does AZDOHS offer volunteer opportunities?

Volunteer opportunities are available throughout Arizona in the Citizen Corps Program.  To become involved in Citizen Corps in Arizona, you are encouraged to learn more about Arizona’s local Citizen Corps Councils and the five partner programs that comprise the Citizen Corps Program:

For more information on Citizen Corps, you are welcome to inquire by email or telephone Cheryl Bowen at (602) 542-7077.

How do I verify employment?

Thank you for contacting the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS). Our organization is part of the government of the State of Arizona and is not part of the federal government.

A listing of current AZDOHS employees can be found on the Agency Directory page.

Call 1-800-996-7566 – Employer Code: 10553

If you are seeking to verify the employment of an individual who works for the United States Department of Homeland Security, or one of its divisions, you must contact that agency directly. Below are links for your convenience that will direct you to the most frequently requested agencies found within the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
United States Coast Guard
United States Secret Service

Tips / Reporting FAQs

Where do I report someone who is hiring illegal workers?

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is the agency in Arizona that receives complaints against employers not adhering to the State’s Employer Sanctions Law.  For more information on this law, visit the Arizona Attorney General’s Legal Arizona Worker's Act page.

How do I report suspicious activity?

You can help protect Arizona by being aware of suspicious activity and reporting it to the proper authority. You can watch a video called the “8 Signs of Terrorism” to become familiar with what is considered suspicious and what to report.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) Tip Line by calling 877-2-SAVEAZ or 877-272-8329. Reports can also be made online using this form. All reports are kept confidential.

Immigration FAQs

How can I contact someone in the ICE holding facility?

AZDOHS is a division of the State government of Arizona and is not part of the federal government.

The agency best suited to assist you is the United States Federal Government’s Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO). 

For information on detainees housed at an ICE facility, family and attorneys should contact ICE DRO at: 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO)
Phoenix Field Office
Area of Responsibility: Arizona; 2035 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 257-5900

How do I find the status of my immigration request?

While we work closely with our partners in Washington, D.C., the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS) is part of the government of the State of Arizona and is not part of the federal government. Therefore, we are unable to assist with any matters relating to immigration, naturalization, citizenship or residency.

You may wish to consult the following resources within the federal government of the United States:

Travel & Visas FAQs

Can AZDOHS assist with a Visa?

While we work closely with our partners in Washington, D.C., the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS) is part of the government of the State of Arizona and is not part of the federal government. Therefore, we are unable to assist with any matters relating to Visas, foreign travel, travel restrictions or travel advisories.

You may wish to consult the following resources within the federal government of the United States:

Where can I find information about passports?

While we work closely with our partners in Washington, D.C., the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS) is part of the government of the State of Arizona and is not part of the federal government. Therefore, we are unable to assist with any matters relating to passports, foreign travel, travel restrictions or travel advisories.

You may wish to consult the following resources within the federal government of the United States:

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FAQs are subject to change. For specific questions, please visit the Agency Directory page to contact an AZDOHS staff member.