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 Louisville, our major partnerships include:
- The Louisville Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives of 38 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 Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Covington and Lexington.
- The Louisville Field Intelligence Group, a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats, works with the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center to support law enforcement and intelligence partners across Kentucky.
- The Louisville Division participates 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, we have a number of key partnerships:
- Our agents working on Internet crimes against children participate in a multi-agency working group in central Kentucky called Project Safe Childhood.
- We are one of several government agencies that participate in the Kentucky Electronic Crimes Task Force headed by the U.S. Secret Service, which focuses on the spread of computer/high-technology crimes, telecommunications fraud, crimes against children, identity theft, and the recovery/analysis of digital evidence.
- The InfraGard Kentucky Membership Alliance is the Kentucky chapter of a national information-sharing alliance between private industry, academia, and government. It focuses on protecting critical national infrastructures in both the online and offline worlds.
- The Kentucky Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) is one of several accredited facilities in the country, processing more than 100 requests per year for computer searches and examinations. The examiners come from FBI Louisville, the Kentucky State Police, the Louisville Metro Police Department, and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations.
- We also lead or take part in several major partnerships targeting violent crime and gangs:
- Our Louisville Criminal Enterprise Task Force (CETF) combines detectives from the Louisville Metro and the New Albany Police Departments with our agents to pool expertise and resources in targeting street gangs and violent criminals of all kinds. We also have a CETF based in Lexington, where our agents work with the Kentucky State Police and the Lexington Police Department to combat crime.
- Our agents in Louisville participate in the Financial Institution Security Officers Association of Louisville (FISOAL) working group. This group shares bank robbery intelligence and trend information. Participants include many local police agencies and representatives from all of the banks in the area.