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 Phoenix, our major partnerships include:
- The Phoenix Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) brings together representatives of 26 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 an annex JTTF in Tucson composed of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies such as Customs Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Tucson and Oro Valley Police Departments, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.
- The Phoenix Field Intelligence Group (FIG) is a team of FBI agents and analysts who provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats. Our FIG combines with the multi-agency state fusion center, which supports law enforcement and intelligence partners across the state. A FIG also works out of Tucson and covers Tucson, Sierra Vista, and Yuma.
- The Phoenix Division participates in the FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships Program, which builds relationship 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.
- Through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), our agents partner in regional strike forces with other federal agencies, including ICE; the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. OCDETF combines federal, state, and local investigative and prosecutorial efforts to expand and intensify the anti-drug mission. It provides the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security (DHS) the funding and organizational framework to collaboratively conduct complex, long-term investigations against major drug traffickers. OCDETF has expanded to address gangs involved in significant drug trafficking. We have regional strike forces in both Phoenix and Tucson.
- We also participate in the Counter Narcotics Alliance—a collaboration of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with federal resources to target mid-level and street-level illegal drugs.
- The Safe Trails Task Force combines our agents with officers of the Tohono O’odham Police Department (TOPD), the Pascua Yaqui Police Department (PYPD), and the Navajo Department of Public Safety. The task force provides resources to reduce sharply rising drug- and gang-related violence on the reservations and surrounding communities. It achieves this through intense, coordinated, and proactive investigations targeting the most violent criminal groups and individuals. The task force also trains TOPD and PYPD officers and investigators to enhance their investigative skills.
- We also take part in the Southern Arizona Corruption Task Force (SACTF), which investigates federal violations of alleged corruption at all levels of the government, especially drug-related corruption by public officials with border security responsibilities. Other participating agencies include DEA, ICE, CBP, DHS, the IRS, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Tucson Police Department.