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 Boston, our major partnerships include:
- The Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives of 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 states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine as well as the nation.
- The Boston Intelligence Branch is a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats, supporting law enforcement and intelligence partners across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.
- We participate in the FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Program, a national partnership 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 and crimes against children, we have a number of key partnerships:
- The multi-agency Northeast Innocence Lost Task Force works to target those who prostitute children for profit. The task force consists of the Massachusetts State Police, the Boston and Malden Police Departments, and the Boston FBI Division.
- Our two InfraGard Chapters are the local arms 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. The chapters include Boston and Maine.
- We also lead or take part in several major partnerships targeting violent crime and fugitives:
- The Boston Violent Crimes Task Force combines detectives from the Massachusetts State Police; the Boston, Cambridge, Malden, Somerville, and Saugus Police Departments; and FBI special agents to pool expertise and resources in targeting violent criminals of all kinds.
- The Bulger Fugitive Task Force works to achieve maximum coordination and cooperation in bringing to bear the combined resources of the Massachusetts State Police, the Boston Police Department, and the FBI to locate and apprehend FBI Top Ten Fugitive James J. “Whitey” Bulger. This includes the identification and prosecution of individuals who have harbored Bulger while he has been a fugitive.
- The Boston North Shore HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area)/Safe Streets Gang Task Force works to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises, focusing on national and regional violent gangs that have the most significant impact in Massachusetts. The task force also targets major drug trafficking organizations responsible for moving significant quantities of drugs in the Boston area.
- The HIDTA Investigative Support Center (ISC) provides intelligence support and deconfliction services to ongoing HIDTA initiatives throughout six New England states. The ISC includes the FBI and other law enforcement personnel from local, state, and federal agencies.