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 St. Louis, our major partnerships include:
The St. Louis Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives of 40 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. We also have a satellite Joint Terrorism Task Force working out of Cape Girardeau.
- The St. Louis Field Intelligence Group is a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats.
To battle cyber crime, we have a number of key partnerships:
- Our Cyber Crime Task Force located in Clayton, Missouri brings together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses, and other cyber threats.
- The is the local arm in 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:
- The Violent Crimes and Omnibus Crimes Control Act of 1991 made federal funds available for the purpose of Safe Streets Task Forces. The purpose of the Safe Streets Initiative is to combine the efforts of federal, state, and local agencies in an effort to stop violent felons from operating a criminal empire or continuing to conduct criminal activity (but it does not expand federal authority in local criminal matters). St. Louis has two Safe Streets Task Forces, one to address the problem of gangs and one to address fugitive matters called the St. Louis Metropolitan Fugitive Task Force.
- The St. Louis Metropolitan Fugitive Task Force includes FBI personnel and officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the St. Louis County Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Missouri Highway Patrol. The task force’s top priority is to address and reduce violent crimes, specifically by apprehending the most dangerous and difficult-to-locate fugitives in the St. Louis area. The FBI has worked with local law enforcement in the St. Louis area for many years to address violent crimes. The task force was brought into one unit under one roof and one command structure on February 19, 1997.
- Our Violent Fugitive Gang and Sex Predator Safe Streets Task Force in St. Louis works to round up violent fugitives, including gang members and sexual predators.