Ohio Citizen Corps
Following the terrorist attacks against the United States of America on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush established the USA Freedom Corps. The Ohio Citizen Corps is a subsidiary of this organization. The Ohio government created this agency to protect the state from a terrorist attack as well as to coordinate response efforts if a terrorist incident occurred.
To help improve Ohio’s preparedness, the Ohio Community Service Council in conjunction with several other state agencies established the Ohio Citizen Corps. The Ohio Citizen Corps consists of private Ohioans who pledge to be extra vigilant. The Ohio Citizen Corps operates several programs, including the Neighborhood Watch Program, the Volunteers in Police Service Program, the Community Emergency Response Team, the Medical Reserve Corps, and the Terrorism Awareness and Prevention Program. All of these programs are designed to assist state and federal officials in preventing a terrorist attack or in responding to such an incident. As of 2006, nine Ohio Citizen Corps groups existed in Ohio, with officials hoping to eventually have one in each of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties.