Core principles govern the operations of Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) and are the foundation upon which JTF-CS builds its relations with local, state, tribal and federal authorities.
Build and Maintain Public Confidence: More than just words on paper, JTF-CS strives to build confidence in those we’re helping and partnering with. Through honest, open information sharing and decisive action, JTF-CS employs speed with wisdom to save lives and enable recovery.
Actions consistent with Public Law and the Constitution: JTF-CS accomplishes its mission in strict adherence with the principles of the Constitution and public law. The Posse Comitatus Act and DOD policy place limitations on DOD direct involvement in law enforcement activities by JTF-CS personnel. In short, we provide a disciplined response and always do the right thing with utmost respect for the rule of law.
Strength, Decisiveness and Professionalism: Comprised of consummate professionals, JTF-CS is a strong, well-trained, flexible force capable of not just decisive action, but enduring action to ensure a sustained response as the magnitude of a crisis unfolds.
Compassion and Understanding: JTF-CS responds quickly and effectively, but not without genuine compassion for those we’re helping. We understand, empathize and sympathize with those suffering and in need. We promise a compassionate and effective response during times of crisis. At day’s end, we’re Americans helping Americans.
Speed and a Sense of Urgency: Our number one priority is rapid response to save lives and enable recovery. Our team is the best at what we do – crisis response – and we will deploy and operate with a sense of urgency coupled with the wisdom needed to provide the most effective support in as short a time as possible.
Always in Support of Civil Authorities: JTF-CS is always in support of a Primary Agency, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, when we respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident in the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility.
Highlights of the Core Principles