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 impossible to separate the contributions of one agency—and one nation—from the next.
In New Orleans, our major partnerships include:
- The Louisiana Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives of 22 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. Though led in New Orleans, the JTTF has representation in each of the six FBI resident agencies throughout the state, including Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Shreveport.
- The New Orleans Field Intelligence Group is a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats. The field intelligence group also joins with the multi-agency Louisiana State Analytical Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), which support law enforcement and intelligence partners throughout the state.
- We participate in the FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships Program, which builds relationships 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.
- To battle cyber crime, we have a number of key partnerships:
- Our Cyber Crime Task Forces in New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe bring together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses, and other cyber threats. We focus specifically on the spread of computer/high-technology crimes, telecommunications fraud, crimes against children, identity theft, and the recovery/analysis of digital evidence.
- Our Innocent Images Task Force is a multi-agency task force that combats crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. One of the most successful preventative measures has been posing as teenagers in online undercover operations to catch predators before they strike.
- The is the local arm 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.
- We also lead or take part in several major partnerships targeting violent crime:
- Our New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF) combats significant violent crime in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Parishes. The NOVCTF is a multi-agency federal, state, and local task force that investigates high-profile violent incident crimes, such as bank robberies, Hobbs Act homicides, robberies of armored carriers and commercial institutions, and kidnappings. The NOVCTF also identifies and targets dangerous and habitual offenders—such as “active shooters”—posing the greatest threat to our communities and coordinates with federal and state prosecutors to ensure the best prosecutive venue.
- Our New Orleans Gang Task Force (NOGTF) is a multi-agency task force that works to take down neighborhood-based gangs, disrupt nationally known gangs like MS-13 and Latin Kings, and round up other violent organized offenders.