In this complex, globalized, post 9/11 world, our operational partnerships have never been more important to our efforts to protect your communities.
Today, we work with colleagues at every level of government—local, state, federal, even international—across the law enforcement, intelligence, and first responder communities. We lead and take part in multi-agency task forces, intelligence groups and fusion centers, and public and private sector alliances. A number of our partners literally sit shoulder-to-shoulder with us in FBI offices, just as we share our agents and analysts with other agencies. We work closely on joint investigations—sometimes taking the lead, sometimes taking a back seat to others, sometimes contributing equally among many agencies. Our work with our colleagues, in fact, is so intertwined today that it’s often nearly impossible to separate the contributions of one agency—and one nation—from the next.
In Cincinnati, our major partnerships include:
- The Joint Terrorism Task Force in Cincinnati and Columbus brings together representatives from several local, state, and federal agencies working each day to protect Americans from a terrorist attack. The task force runs down any and all terrorism leads, develops and investigates cases, provides support for special events, and proactively identifies threats that may impact the area and the nation. The JTTF is a part of an international network aimed at disrupting, dismantling, and defeating terrorism.
- The Cincinnati Division participates in the FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships Program, a national alliance between private industry, academia, government agencies, the FBI, and its counterintelligence community partners to identify and protect projects of great importance to the U.S. government. This program builds awareness and promotes cooperative efforts to protect sensitive information to help maintain U.S. global competitiveness.
- To battle cyber crime, we have a number of key partnerships, including our Cyber Crime Task Force in Southern and Central Ohio. These groups bring together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses, and other cyber threats. The task forces also work with the Innocent Images National Initiative to prevent and prosecute the online exploitation of children.
- In addition, the Cincinnati Division hosts InfraGard chapters in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. InfraGard is a national information-sharing alliance between private industry, academic institutions, local and state law enforcement, and government focused on protecting critical national infrastructure. For more information on local InfraGard chapters, please visit www.infragard.net.
- The Miami Valley Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (MVRCFL) is a collaboration between the FBI, the Dayton Police Department, the Lebanon Police Department, and the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory. This full service forensics laboratory carefully examines digital evidence in support of criminal investigations. Working with our local partners, we have helped uncover evidence in terrorism, violent crime, child pornography, homicide, Internet crime, fraud, and theft of intellectual property cases.
- Our division leads Mortgage Fraud Task Forces in Cincinnati and Dayton and a Mortgage Fraud Working Group in Columbus. These partnerships focus on the growing area of mortgage and housing related frauds that have been shown to hurt both homeowners and the national economy. The FBI works with our partners to identify regional fraud trends, to educate the public about current schemes, and to investigate criminal activity associated with the lending and housing industries.
- The Health Care Working Group in Cincinnati was created to target individuals and organizations defrauding public and private sector health care systems. The FBI—along with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and other government and private-sector program participants work closely together to address vulnerabilities, fraud, and abuse.
- The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Working Group in Columbus works closely with our federal, state, and local partners to prevent and uncover fraud and abuse in government economic stimulus programs, including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. This group also coordinates closely with the FBI’s Cleveland office while investigating allegations into the misuse of public stimulus money.
- In the southeastern part of the division, the FBI participates in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force targeting large criminal enterprises. This group works to address crimes traditionally associated with organized crime, including murder, racketeering, arson, drug trafficking, extortion, and illegal gambling. The program also investigates national priority targets that often have ties to large international drug organizations.
- The Violent Crimes Task Force in Cincinnati and the Safe Streets Task Forces in Columbus and Dayton partner with local and county police departments to combat violent crime, illegal drugs, violent street gangs, racketeering, and illegal weapons crimes. These task forces use sophisticated techniques to proactively coordinate sustained investigations that will lead to the apprehension of violent criminals in our community.