In 2003 Prince George's County Government established the office of homeland security to coordinate the County's emergency preparedness and response efforts. The County's Charter defines the structure and role of the Office of Homeland Security:
"...There shall be an Office of Homeland Security headed by a Director of Homeland Security. The Office of Homeland Security shall be responsible for providing planning, coordination and domestic preparedness training and shall coordinate the County's emergency management effort with federal, state and local jurisdictions. Within the Office of Homeland Security there shall be an Office of Public Safety Communications, and an Office of Emergency Management..."
The Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security is comprised of three functions, combined to ensure the safety and security of the citizens and residents of this County. Homeland Security is comprised of an administrative office and two operational divisions, the Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Public Safety Communications. The two operational divisions operate in accordance with policies established in the Charter.
The administrative offices consists of the Director along with the Budget and the Grants Coordination Unit.
The mission of the Office of Homeland Security is to develop and maintain comprehensive emergency management programs through planning with federal, state, and local officials, and the private sector, to develop a coordinated safety and preparedness stagey; to protect life, property, the environment from the effects of natural and man-made disasters, including terrorist acts and; to enhance the quality of life by receiving and processing 9-1-1 calls and dispatching Police, Sheriff, and Fire and Emergency Medical Services.