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What We Investigate

What We Investigate

FBI Agent Collects Evidence from Exploded Car (AP Photo)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 New Haven Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), created in 2001 and strengthened in the days following the 9/11 attacks. The task force—made up of representatives of 16 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 the Bridgeport and the Meriden Resident Agencies.

The work of the task forces is bolstered by the New Haven 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.

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 New Haven, 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.

Our cyber crime squad investigates computer intrusions and crimes and tracks down predators who use the Internet and computers to facilitate the sexual exploitation of children. We closely coordinate Connecticut-based cyber investigations with federal, state, and local law enforcement members of the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force (CCCTF). See our Partnerships webpage for details.

For more information on the FBI’s national efforts, see our Cyber Investigations webpage.

Criminal Priorities

4. Combat public corruption at all levels

Our number one criminal priority is public corruption. Our cases examine allegations of public officials (elected, appointed, or under contract) or private individuals being involved in crooked schemes that violate federal law and undermine public trust and confidence in 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 seriously. Specifically, we aggressively investigate and work to prevent hate crime, color of law abuses, human trafficking, and freedom of access to clinic entrances violations—the four top priorities of our civil rights program. We focus on all of these issues in New Haven.

To combat human trafficking, we have teamed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to form the multi-agency task force CT STOP IT. We also participate in a statewide Hate Crimes Working Group with the states attorney’s office and other state and local agencies.

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 outfits—sow violence and crime in our communities and create underground economies that undercut free enterprise.

Most of our work in this priority throughout the New Haven Division focuses on violent gangs and drugs through a variety of law enforcement partnerships. See our Partnerships webpage for details.

Learn more about our national work to combat organized crime and violent street gangs.

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 three squads dedicated to fighting white-collar crime in Connecticut.

The FBI also participates in the Connecticut Securities, Commodities and Investor Fraud Task Force, which consists of local, state, and federal agencies. The task force is committed to preventing and investigating securities and commodities fraud in Connecticut. To contact the task force, call 203-777-6311 or send an e-mail to CTSecuritesFraud@ic.fbi.gov. Learn more about the task force and securities fraud.

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 New Haven, we work closely with a host of law enforcement partners to address the full range of violent crimes throughout Connecticut. See our Partnerships webpage for details.

For more details on our overall national efforts, see our Violent Crime and Major Thefts webpage.