ESF 13 coordinates local public safety and security capabilities and resources to support the full range of incident management activities associated with potential or actual incidents requiring a coordinated response. ESF 13 rapidly deploys components of the local police departments to provide assistance to local authorities when activated for incidents or potential incidents requiring a coordinated local response.

This ESF does not usurp or override the policies or mutual aid and assistance agreements of any local jurisdiction, government, or agency.

When activated, ESF 13 coordinates the implementation (to include mission assignments) and resources that are appropriate for the situation and may provide protection and security resources, planning assistance, technology support, and other technical assistance to support incident operations, consistent with local authorities and resource availability.