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 Omaha, our major partnerships include:
- The Omaha Joint Terrorism Task Force brings together representatives of more than 20 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 Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa and North Platte and Grand Island, Nebraska.
- The Omaha Field Intelligence Group—a team of FBI agents, intelligence analysts, and staff operations specialists—is dedicated to the production and sharing of accurate, relevant, and timely intelligence through the rigorous use of analytical tradecraft to provide insight, understanding, and warning about the national security and criminal threats.
- The Omaha Division participates in the FBI Strategic Partnerships Program, a national alliance 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 Force in Omaha brings together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses, and other cyber threats. Its members include the FBI; the Nebraska State Patrol; the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation; the Sarpy and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices; the Omaha, LaVista, Lincoln, and Bellevue Police Departments; and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
- The 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 Omaha Safe Streets Task Force combines detectives from the Omaha and Bellevue Police Departments, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, and the Nebraska State Patrol.
- The Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force brings together personnel from the FBI, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and Iowa’s 6th Judicial Department of Corrections.
- Our Nebraska Safe Trails Task Force teams up the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Santee, Winnebago, and Omaha Nation Tribal Police.