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 Los Angeles, our major partnerships include:
- The Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives of 45 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 satellite Joint Terrorism Task Forces working out of Long Beach, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.
- The Los Angeles Field Intelligence Group, a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats, combines with the multi-agency Joint Regional Intelligence Center, which supports law enforcement and intelligence partners in seven counties across the state.
- The Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force and Field Intelligence Group operate , the Intelligence and Terrorism Alert Network for Southern California. TITAN is an intelligence initiative and alert network that collects and shares information on terrorist operations and related criminal activities with law enforcement and critical asset partners (corporations and organizations) within the Southern California area.
- The Los Angeles Division participates in the FBI Counterintelligence Domain 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, we have a number of key partnerships:
- Our Cyber Crime Task Forces in Los Angeles and throughout the seven-county area bring together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses, and other cyber threats.
- We are one of the main partners in the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force, which focuses on the spread of computer/high-technology crimes, telecommunications fraud, identity theft, and the recovery/analysis of digital evidence.
- Our Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team (S.A.F.E.) is a multi-agency task force that combats crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. One of the team’s most successful preventive measures has been posing as teenagers in online undercover operations to catch predators before they strike.
- The Los Angeles InfraGard Chapter is the local arm 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.
- We also lead or take part in several major partnerships targeting violent crime:
- Our Los Angeles Violent Crimes Task Force combines detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and our special agents to pool expertise and resources in targeting street gangs and violent criminals of all kinds.
- Our many Safe Streets Task Forces throughout the seven counties work to round up violent fugitives and to target criminal enterprises such as violent street gangs.
- In addition to the partnerships mentioned above, we also lead or participate in a variety of other task forces and working groups that focus on gangs and drugs; fugitives; identity theft; and fraud in the real estate, mortgage, and healthcare industries.