Office of Partner Engagement
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. Part of the Intelligence Branch, 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.
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:
“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