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Partnerships

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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 space, 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 Detroit, our major partnerships include:

  • The Detroit Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives of 40 local, state, and federal agencies to run down any and all terrorism leads, develop and investigate cases, provide support for special events, and proactively identify threats that may impact the area and the nation.
  • The Detroit Field Intelligence Group is a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats.
  • To battle cyber crime, we have a number of key partnerships:
  • Our Cyber Crime Task Forces in Macomb County and Bay City bring together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, Internet crimes against children, and other cyber threats.
  • We are one of more than 10 government agencies that participate in the Western and Eastern Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, which focus on the spread of crimes against children and the recovery/analysis of digital evidence.
  • The Northern Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan InfraGard Chapters are local arms of a national information-sharing alliance between private industry, academia, and government focused on protecting critical national infrastructures in both the online and offline worlds. Visit the Michigan InfraGard website for more information.
  • We take part in several major partnerships focused on various kinds of crime and fraud:
  • The Motor City Strike Force, which was launched in March 2009, targets health care fraud. Three teams of criminal prosecutors from the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan work with agents from the FBI’s Health Care Fraud Squad and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General to investigate and prosecute these cases.
  • The Multi-Agency Mortgage Fraud Task Force was formed in October 2008 to take aim on the escalating problem of mortgage fraud in the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • A Border Corruption Task Force combines representatives of the FBI, various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, and state and local law enforcement to root out corruption among government officials and others at the border.
  • We also lead or take part in several major partnerships targeting violent crime, including:
  • The Detroit Major Crimes Task Force ( Southeast Michigan);
  • The Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force ( Southeast Michigan);
  • The Grand Rapids Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force ( Southwest Michigan);
  • The Benton Harbor Violent Crime Task Force ( Western Michigan);
  • The Upper Peninsula Safe Trails Task Force ( Northwest Michigan);
  • The Straits Area Safe Trails Task Force ( Northeast Michigan);
  • The Violent Gangs Task Force ( Southeast Michigan);
  • The Conspiracy 1 Task Force ( Southeast Michigan); and
  • The Combined Hotel Interdiction Task Force ( Southeast Michigan).