FBI New Orleans
Craig C. Betbeze
(504) 816-3274
August 4, 2016

International Homicide Investigators Association Recognized FBI Violent Crime Task Force During Local Conferenece

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) awarded the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF) with the IHIA “Award of Excellence”.

Over the last several years, the FBI’s NOVCTF has made a significant and positive impact in the Greater New Orleans area to help reduce crime. The task force is composed of seven agents and support employees of the FBI, as well as sworn members of the Louisiana State Police, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Louisiana State Attorney General’s Office.

Examples of the tremendous work being done by the NOVCTF:

During a six-month period, the task force conducted a multitude of investigations, including 14 bank robberies, 28 armed commercial institution robberies, 14 murders, an attempted murder and aggravated battery of a federal task force officer, and a sex crime committed on the high seas, amongst other cases. The NOVCTF also provided technical support to numerous state and local police agencies.

Since 2014, the task force has arrested 271 violent offenders, acquired 41 indictments, and obtained 69 convictions, with many cases still pending in federal and state courts.

The NOVCTF continues to investigate and arrest violent offenders across the Metropolitan New Orleans area and just recently arrested two accused bank robbers, alleged to be responsible for the July 22, 2016 Whitney Bank robbery in Marrero, as well as the July 26, 2016 CapitalOne Bank robbery in New Orleans.