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Napolitano unveils state security plan

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003 9:20 am | Updated: 1:29 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Gov. Janet Napolitano is creating a round-the-clock operation to collect everything from police intelligence to tips by Arizonans in the search for clues about crime and terrorism.

The new ‘‘one-stop intelligence information analysis center’’ is one of the key points in the governor’s new homeland security plan unveiled Wednesday.

Napolitano said the plan is the first of its kind in the nation because it does more than spell out how Arizona will react after a natural or human-caused disaster.

Napolitano wants a statewide disease surveillance system that will collect information from emergency rooms, doctors and animal control agencies to analyze and identify potential public health problems, especially those that might be caused by a biological or chemical weapons attack.

‘‘The difference between one day and four days in terms of a smallpox inoculation could literally be life or death,’’ Napolitano said.

The new intelligence center, another component of her pre-disaster prevention, would be operated by the state Department of Public Safety. The plan requires the state to set up a 24-hour telephone number for people to call when they have suspicious activity to report.

Napolitano announced the appointment of Frank Navarrete, currently the director of the Division of Emergency Management, as homeland security director.

Navarrete is a former executive for telecommunications companies and before that held law enforcement posts with a state criminal intelligence agency and the Phoenix Police Department. Navarrete replaces interim director Chuck Blanchard, who returns to his Phoenix law practice.

Napolitano said the public should not be alarmed about the operation.

"One of the first things in this plan is we will not have homeland security at the expense of civil liberties or at the expense of racial profiling,’’ the governor said.

Much of the rest of the 10-point plan is designed to ensure Arizona is ready once something happens.

And the governor hopes to set up a system where Arizonans can dial 211 to get information on social service, community and health care programs.

Napolitano had no figures on the cost.

The governor said she hoped to get most of the funding from the federal government.

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