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“The most effective weapon against crime is cooperation…the efforts of all law enforcement agencies with the support and understanding of the American people.”

J. Edgar Hoover

The FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement (OPE) builds bridges, creates new partnerships, and strengthens and supports relationships between the FBI and other federal agencies, as well as with state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement; national and international law enforcement associations; and others within the broad public safety, law enforcement, and homeland security communities. The OPE serves as the FBI’s primary liaison for the law enforcement community, representing the perspectives of chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement associations within the FBI.

The OPE also manages outreach programs, including FBI support to state and local Fusion Centers, along with the Countering Violent Extremism, Active Shooter, and Police Executive Fellowship programs. The office implements national-level initiatives and strategies which support engagement, communication, coordination, and cooperation efforts with law enforcement, intelligence, and public agencies and partners in a continuous effort to enhance the FBI’s capabilities.

Liaison Activities

The OPE cultivates active relationships and meets regularly with executive boards of law enforcement associations, key members of federal agencies, and operational divisions within the FBI. The OPE maintains these relationships to aid other federal, state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement in upholding the law and protecting the United States from terrorism and criminal activities. In addition to various law enforcement associations, the OPE liaison contacts include, but are not limited to, the following:

Federal Agencies
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Justice - Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs

FBI Divisions
- Counterterrorism Division
- Criminal Investigative Division
- Criminal Justice Information Services Division
- Critical Incident Response Group
- Cyber Division
- Intelligence Branch
- International Operations Division
- Laboratory Division
- Security Division
- Terrorist Screening Center
- Training Division
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
Assistant Director Kerry Sleeper
Assistant Director Kerry Sleeper


On February 19, 2014, Kerry Sleeper was appointed assistant director of the Office of Partner Engagement. Mr. Sleeper has been engaged in law enforcement and the public safety field for more than 38 years. Full bio

Active Shooter Incidents

Doors with Bullet HolesThe FBI provides operational assistance, training, and behaviorally-based threat assessment services to our law enforcement partners and other first responders who are often the first on the scene of an active shooter attack. More on our Active Shooter initiative


Contact Us

Let us know how we can help by reaching out to OPE , or contacting the office as follows:

Office of Partner Engagement
Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Department of Justice
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535