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 from the next.
In Utah, Idaho, and Montana, our major partnerships include:
- The Salt Lake City Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives from local, county, state, and federal agencies to assess 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. We also have satellite Joint Terrorism Task Forces working out of Boise and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Helena, Montana.
- The Salt Lake City Field Intelligence Group is a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats. They do this in collaboration with multi-agency state and local fusion centers in Utah, Idaho, and Montana.
- 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 Innocent Images program investigates cases involving child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children. We collaborate with several law enforcement partners, including the Utah Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Utah County Sex Crimes Task Force, and the St. George ICAC Task Force. Our partners in Idaho include the Boise and Coeur d’Alene ICAC task forces. In Montana, we work closely with the ICAC task forces in Billings, Helena, and Missoula.
- 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 have chapters in Salt Lake City and Boise that cover Utah, Idaho, and Montana.
- We also lead or take part in several major partnerships targeting violent crime:
- Our Salt Lake City Violent Crimes Task Force includes detectives from the West Valley City and Salt Lake City Police Departments, the Utah Department of Corrections, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office, and our special agents. Task force members pool their expertise and resources to target street gangs and violent criminals of all kinds. Crimes investigated include kidnapping, serial robbery, bank robbery, drug trafficking, and violations of the Hobbs Act, which allows for federal prosecution of criminals who commit robberies at local businesses such as pharmacies.
- The Salt Lake City Division participates in or facilitates other important partnerships:
- The Human Trafficking Task Force is made up of more than 10 local police jurisdictions, various non-government agencies (NGOs), and several federal agencies, including the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The task force is funded through a grant by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and is administered by the Salt Lake City Police Department in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It investigates possible cases of human trafficking, including forced labor, sex trafficking, and domestic servitude. The cases are initiated through law enforcement contacts, tips from concerned citizens, or reports from victims themselves. Those harmed by these crimes are often individuals who have entered the U.S. illegally and are not familiar with the laws in this country. The offender typically uses force, fraud, or coercion to keep the victim working and from turning to law enforcement for help.
- At the Intermountain West Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL), we work side by side with law enforcement partners from Utah, Idaho, and Montana to provide forensic computer analysis and service to law enforcement agencies in all three states. Agencies throughout these states assign trained law enforcement personnel to our RCFL. Our partners include the Billings Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Salt Lake Police Department, the West Valley City Police Department, the Sandy City Police Department, the Utah Department of Public Safety, the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.