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 Minneapolis, our major partnerships include:
Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force
The Minneapolis Division Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), established in January 2000, centralizes and maximizes the federal, state, and local investigative efforts regarding both domestic and international terrorism in the Minneapolis Division’s tri-state area. The JTTF concept emphasizes the importance and efficacy of the multi-agency approach in protecting national security.
The primary mission of the JTTF is to detect and neutralize any terrorist activity in the Minneapolis Division and to investigate terrorist acts carried out by groups or organizations that fall within the definition of terrorist groups as set forth in the current U.S. Attorney General Guidelines. The secondary mission of the JTTF is to quickly respond to terrorist and bombing incidents.
Members of the JTTF include representatives from federal agencies, including the FBI; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Air Marshals; the Internal Revenue Service; the Department of Defense, Customs and Border Patrol; the State Department; and the University of Minnesota Police Department. State and local representatives include the Minneapolis Police Department; the Saint Paul Police Department; the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Airport Police; the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office; the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office; and the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Police Department.
South Dakota Joint Terrorism Task Force
The FBI established the South Dakota JTTF (SDJTTF) in October 2001. The SDJTTF is a branch of the Minnesota-based JTTF and is made up of representatives from a number of federal, state, and local agencies in South Dakota. The primary purpose of the SDJTTF is to deter, detect, and neutralize terrorist activity in South Dakota.
The SDJTTF works closely and in concert with law enforcement agencies throughout South Dakota and has forged strong liaison relationships with private sector entities, civic organizations, and South Dakota communities. To facilitate information sharing, a direct line of communication is maintained with the South Dakota Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (LEIN) and the South Dakota Fusion Center. SDJTTF operations are coordinated out of the Sioux Falls FBI office. The SDJTTF covers the entire state of South Dakota. Information can be provided to the SDJTTF by calling any FBI office in South Dakota.
The Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force
The Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force (MCCTF)—a joint FBI and U.S. Secret Service task force that includes members of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and local law enforcement—investigates cyber crime in the Minneapolis Division. The task force specifically investigates violations of federal law where the Internet and computer systems or networks are used as instruments or targets of terrorists, foreign intelligence services, and criminal activity. FBI agents assigned to the Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) also operate out of the task force. The MCCTF continues to reach out to additional partners within the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to form partnerships to jointly investigate cyber and high-tech crimes.
Twin Cities Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force (TCSSVGTF)
The TCSSVGTF began operation in April 2010. The mission of the task force is to investigate and target for appropriate federal or state prosecution the most violent gangs operating in the Twin Cities or those gangs engaged in the large scale trafficking of illegal drugs. This task force is the primary unit focusing on the criminal investigation of gang activities in the Twin Cities. Led by the FBI, partner agencies include the Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Departments and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Minnesota Fugitive Task Force
The Minnesota Fugitive Task Force was established in 1992 under the Safe Streets Initiative. It includes FBI agents, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department, and deputies from the Hennepin Sheriff’s Office.
The Minnesota Fugitive Task Force’s mission is to track, locate, and arrest individuals who have outstanding felony warrants for violent crimes. Typically, the fugitive task force apprehends or locates two to three fugitives each week. It receives requests from state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend violent fugitives often located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. If these fugitives leave the state, the Minnesota Fugitive Task Force works with other FBI fugitive task forces throughout the U.S. and our legal attaché offices abroad to apprehend these individuals.
Since its inception in 1992, the Minnesota Fugitive Task Force has apprehended well over 2,900 violent fugitives.
Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force
The Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force (NPSTDETF) is a multi-agency entity made up of representatives of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations; the Pierre Police Department; the Mobridge Police Department; the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office; and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The NPSTDETF targets serious drug traffickers on and off Indian reservations in South Dakota.
Through FBI funding, the NPSTDETF has established office space in Pierre, South Dakota, where tribal investigators can work jointly with their federal, state, and local task force partners. The FBI is a founding member of the task force, and one seasoned agent currently coordinates its operations. The NPSTDETF is considered by many law enforcement officers to be a prime example of cooperative law enforcement. This group of highly skilled veteran officers from several key agencies functions as a cohesive 15-member unit that safely apprehends dangerous drug dealers.
Twin Cities Security Partnership
The Twin Cities Security Partnership is an FBI-sponsored public/private partnership dedicated to enhancing security, safety, and the quality of life in the greater Twin Cities area. It’s a collaborative endeavor that brings together a broad spectrum of expertise and resources for the purpose of building a stronger and safer community. The Twin Cities Security Partnership consists of high-ranking and top-level business, law enforcement, community, and government leaders who share an interest in ensuring that the Twin Cities area is a safe and secure place to live and work. For information about the Twin Cities Security partnership, visit its website at http://securitypartnership.org.
InfraGard is an information sharing and analysis effort serving the interests and combining the knowledge of its members. InfraGard is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the infrastructure of the United States. The goal is to promote ongoing dialogue and timely communication between members and the FBI. InfraGard members gain access to information that enables them to protect their assets and in turn give information to government that facilitates its responsibilities to prevent and address terrorism and other crimes.
Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Program
The United States is the world’s leader in innovation. Consider the breakthrough research and development that’s taking place on the nation’s campuses and in research facilities—often on behalf of the government. Sensitive research, much of which occurs in the unclassified realm, is the key to our nation’s global advantage, both economically and militarily.
Our Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Program works to determine and safeguard those technologies that if compromised would result in catastrophic losses to national security. Through our relationships with businesses, academia, and U.S. government agencies, the FBI and its counterintelligence community partners are able to identify and effectively protect projects of great importance to the U.S. government. This provides the first line of defense inside facilities where research and development occurs and where intelligence services are focused.