What We Investigate
What We Investigate
The FBI works around the globe to combat the most dangerous criminal and security threats facing our country—from international and domestic terrorists to spies on U.S. soil…from cyber villains to corrupt government officials…from mobsters to violent street thugs…from child predators to serial killers.
We currently have jurisdiction over violations in more than 200 categories of federal law. They generally fall under our three national security priorities and our five criminal priorities as follows:
National Security Priorities:
1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack
It’s our overriding priority—to head off terrorist attacks by identifying and disrupting the plots of international and domestic terrorist operatives and cells, by cutting off terrorist financing and undercutting other forms of support provided by terrorist sympathizers, by sharing information and intelligence with partners worldwide, and by providing strategic and operational threat analysis to decision makers and the wider intelligence community.
Our work locally is led by our Kansas City Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), created in 1998 and strengthened in the days following the 9/11 attacks. The task force—made up of representatives of 33 local, state, and federal agencies—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. We also have satellite JTTFs working out of each resident agency.
The work of the task forces is bolstered by the Kansas City Field Intelligence Group, which centralizes and spearheads the analysis and sharing of terrorism-related intelligence (and intelligence on all major threats) both inside and outside the Bureau. The field intelligence group partners with the state and local fusion centers, all levels of law enforcement, and intelligence agencies to support intelligence and law enforcement missions in Kansas and the western two-thirds of Missouri.
For more information on the FBI’s national efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, see our Counterterrorism webpage.
2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
Today, more foreign spies—not just traditional adversaries but also allies, hackers, and terrorists—are trying to steal more of our secrets from more places than ever before. What do they want? Our country’s juiciest classified information, of course—from military plans to national security vulnerabilities to our own intelligence activities. But increasingly, they also want our country’s trade secrets—innovations that give us a leg up in the global marketplace—and seemingly harmless technologies that could be used to develop or improve weapons of mass destruction.
In Kansas City, we have a dedicated foreign counterintelligence squad that—in line with the FBI’s National Strategy for Counterintelligence—works to keep weapons of mass destruction and other embargoed technologies from falling into wrong hands, to protect secrets of the U.S. government (including the intelligence community) and critical national assets, and to help strengthen the national threat picture by proactively gathering information and intelligence. Our work includes knowing the key targets in our territory, developing strategic partnerships with area institutions, and disrupting the efforts of insiders and key nations.
For more information on the FBI’s national program, see our Counterintelligence webpage.
3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes
The FBI leads the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism and espionage, computer and network intrusions, and major cyber fraud and identify theft. To stay in front of current and emerging trends, we gather and share information and intelligence with public and private sector partners worldwide.
In Kansas City, we have a squad dedicated to cyber crimes and attacks, and we participate in the Cyber Crimes Task Force (CCTF). Besides our agents and intelligence analysts, the CCTF is composed of law enforcement officers from state and local agencies, including the Independence and Kansas City Police Departments in Missouri and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Overland Park Police Department in Kansas.
If you have information related to Internet fraud, please visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center to file a complaint. If your information relates to identity theft, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. To report the sexual exploitation of children, including websites that contain child pornography, please visit www.cybertipline.com. For more information on Internet scams, visit www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com.
For more information on the FBI’s national efforts, see our Cyber Investigations webpage.
4. Combat public corruption at all levels
Corruption within government threatens our country’s democracy and national security. Corrupt public officials can negatively impact everything from the security of our neighborhoods to the quality of governmental services. Every year, billions of tax dollars are wasted through the corrupt actions of public officials and those attempting to influence their actions.
Our investigations in Kansas City focus on violations of federal law by public officials in local, state and federal government, such as bribery, contract and procurement fraud, antitrust, environmental crimes, election fraud, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. One of our two white-collar crime squads targets the corruption of local, state, and federal officials; the violation of election laws; and fraud against the government.
For more information on the FBI’s national efforts, see our Public Corruption webpage.
5. Protect civil rights
The FBI is the lead agency for investigating violations of federal civil rights laws…and we take that responsibility very seriously.
In Kansas City, we aggressively investigate and work to prevent hate crime, color of law, human trafficking, and freedom access to clinic entrances violations—the four top priorities of the FBI’s civil rights program. In 2002, the division also created a Civil Rights Advisory Committee, which consists of members from various segments of the community, local law enforcement, and prosecutors who build local contacts to help the FBI identify possible Civil Rights violations warranting investigation.
For more information on our overall efforts, see our Civil Rights webpage.
6. Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises
Criminal organizations—from mob families to street gangs to drug trafficking organizations—sow violence and crime in our communities and create underground economies that undercut free enterprise.
Most of our work in this priority throughout the Kansas City Division focuses on violent gangs and drugs through a variety of law enforcement partnerships. See our Partnerships webpage for details.
7. Combat major white-collar crime
Fraud—the art of deliberate deception for unlawful gain—is as old as history; the term “white-collar crime” was reportedly coined in 1939 and has since become synonymous with the full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals. Today’s financial criminals and con artists are more savvy and sophisticated than ever, engineering everything from complex stock and health care frauds and intellectual property rip-offs.
We have two squads dedicated to fighting white-collar crime in the Kansas City Division. The first focuses generally on financial frauds, including corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, health care fraud, and investor fraud. The second targets the corruption of local, state, and federal officials; the violation of election laws; and fraud against the government.
For more information, see our White-Collar Crime webpage.
8. Combat significant violent crime
Even with our post-9/11 national security responsibilities, we continue to play a key role in combating violent crime in big cities and local communities across the United States. Beyond our work targeting violent gangs and other criminal enterprises, we focus on such issues as crimes against children (including online predators), crime on Indian reservations, the search for wanted fugitives, serial killings, kidnapping, murder for hire, bank robberies, and special crimes like the carriage of weapons on aircraft and crime on the high seas.
In Kansas City, we work closely with a host of law enforcement partners to address the full range of violent crimes. See our Partnerships webpage for details.
For more details on our overall national efforts, see our Violent Crime and Major Thefts webpage.