The FBI is committed to building partnerships with a range of agencies and with sharing timely, relevant, and actionable intelligence with the widest appropriate audience. Effective information exchange with federal agencies; with state, local, and tribal officials; with our international partners; and with the private sector is an increasingly vital part of the FBI’s unique and important national security and law enforcement mission. The FBI is required to effectively balance the need to effectively and securely share information with its responsibility to protect sources, investigative operations, national security information, and the privacy and civil liberties of U.S. persons.
Our partnerships in Albuquerque include:
- The Albuquerque Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is a group of highly trained individuals from various law enforcement and intelligence agencies from across New Mexico who work with FBI case agents in gathering evidence, making arrests, sharing intelligence, and working to prevent attacks.
- Our Field Intelligence Group (FIG) serves as the hub of the FBI’s intelligence program in New Mexico. FIG members analyze intelligence information to help define and enhance understandings of the threats, vulnerabilities, and emerging trends within the division. The Albuquerque FIG includes intelligence analysts who are embedded within investigative squads to help case agents identify and assess emerging threats.
- The Albuquerque Division also participates in the , one of many “fusion centers” nationwide where we work with the Department of Homeland Security and other local, state, and federal partners to maximize our collective ability to detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity. The center fuses information from all manner of sources—including law enforcement and national intelligence community agencies—to develop a complete and thorough understanding of the security threats facing New Mexico and to better inform decision-makers at all levels.
- To prevent the unauthorized transfer of technology to foreign governments, organizations, or businesses, the FBI and the Department of Defense work together to protect key technologies in the U.S. “domain.” The FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships Program, along with its Research and Technology Protection Special Interest Group, is a national, multi-agency initiative focused on sharing information with private industry and academia to safeguard our nation’s critical research and technology. Current participants include the FBI, the Defense Security Service, Army Counterintelligence, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. We invite organizations and agencies involved in inventing, developing, manufacturing, testing, or maintaining U.S. technology to join our partnership—both protect your economic interests and our country’s.
- Our cyber squad is dedicated to applying the highest level of technical capability and investigative expertise toward combating cyber-based terrorism, hostile foreign intelligence operations conducted over the Internet, and cyber crime. It is responsible for managing investigations involving computer intrusions targeting the national information infrastructure and Internet-facilitated criminal activity. By aggregating cyber-centered investigations within the Albuquerque division, the FBI is able to more effectively and efficiently identify, investigate, and disrupt cyber threats.
- The New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, or RCFL, is a partnership between the FBI and its partners in New Mexico. Like all RCFLs, the New Mexico RCFL is a one-stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal and national security investigations. The FBI provides start-up and operational funding, training, and equipment, while participating law enforcement agencies provide their own forensic examiners and additional staff. The participating agencies in the New Mexico RCFL include the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, the New Mexico State Police; the Albuquerque Police Department; the University of New Mexico; and FBI. Additional information can be obtained at http://www.nmrcfl.org/index.cfm.
- The New Mexico InfraGard Chapter is the local arm of a national information-sharing alliance between private industry, academia, and the government focused on protecting critical national infrastructures against attack from foreign and domestic threats. It supports all FBI investigative programs, especially counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber crime.
- We also participate in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, or OCDETF, which combines federal, state, and local investigative and prosecutorial efforts in order to expand and intensify the U.S. government’s anti-drug mission. This federally directed drug enforcement initiative was established to provide the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security with the supplemental funding and organizational framework to collaboratively conduct complex, long-term investigations against major drug trafficking organizations.
- Safe Streets Task Forces allow each FBI field office to address significant street gang and drug-related violence through the establishment of FBI-sponsored, long-term, proactive task forces with state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Albuquerque task force focuses on the dismantlement and disruption of violent street gangs and the reduction of significant violent crimes.