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 Portland, our major partnerships include:
The Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force
The Portland Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was established in 1997. Before 9/11, it focused primarily on domestic terrorism issues. Since then, the scope and size of the JTTF has rapidly increased to meet the challenge of international terrorism that confronts our country and the state of Oregon. Beyond the FBI agents assigned to the JTTF, current members include:
Oregon State Police
Port of Portland Police Department
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Internal Revenue Service
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Attorney’s Office
- U.S. Department of State
- Diplomatic Security Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Immigration/Customs Enforcement
- Federal Air Marshal Service
- Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service
- Defense Criminal Investigative Service
Counterterrorism Working Groups
In addition to the full-time members of the JTTF, the FBI has cleared representatives from numerous agencies that serve on a part-time working group liaison basis, assist in investigations as required, and/or obtain classified briefings as deemed necessary. Executives from these agencies also attend quarterly JTTF Executive Board Meetings. Currently, the following partner agencies are represented on the Portland JTTF working group:
- Milwaukie Police Department
- Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
- Beaverton Police Department
- Tigard Police Department
- Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
- Gladstone Police Department
- Hillsboro Police Department
- Portland Police Bureau
- Oregon National Guard
- Oregon Department of Justice
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- U.S. Department of Justice
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
- U.S. Marshals Service
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Secret Service
- Federal Protective Service
- Transportation Security Administration
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Forest Service/Law Enforcement
- Office of the Inspector General
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- Bureau of Land Management/Law Enforcement
The JTTF investigates both domestic and international terrorism matters as well as threats of large-scale bombings, arsons, and weapons of mass destruction incidents. In addition to the JTTF based in the Portland-metro area, there are established Terrorism Working Groups in each of the FBI’s resident agency offices across Oregon. These Terrorism Working Groups have dozens of additional law enforcement officers who have received the appropriate clearances to be briefed and assist on terrorism-related matters as needed.
Child Exploitation Task Force
The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) has two primary goals: 1) identify and prosecute subjects who are involved in the sex trafficking of minors, and 2) recover the minor victims to ensure their safety and to provide them access to the services they need. On the law enforcement side, we have full-time participation from Portland Police Bureau, Tigard Police Department, Beaverton Police Department, the Vancouver Police Department, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. On the victim services side, we work with a wide host of social service providers and non-profits, such as DHS, LifeWorks Northwest, and the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) in the Portland-metro area and throughout the state to get the victims access to medical care, counseling, education assistance, and more.
Innocent Images Task Force
The Innocent Images Task Force works to combat child pornography and child predators online. This group takes a proactive approach, using undercover identities to surf the Internet looking for those who are trafficking in child pornography or who are attempting to lure children away from their families. The Beaverton Police Department and the Hillsboro Police Department take part in this task force.
The FBI’s InfraGard program allows private industry, the academic community, and the public sector to receive and exchange information with the FBI via secure Internet connections about possible threats as well as to receive tools to help deal with those threats. If your organization is interested in joining InfraGard, please contact the Portland FBI.
Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NWRCFL)
, one of several of such labs located throughout the United States. These RCFLs are one-stop, full-service forensics laboratories and training centers devoted to the examination of digital evidence in support of law enforcement investigations. The Northwest RCFL is staffed by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, who all must pass a rigorous training program to become certified as forensic examiners by the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team. The RCFL’s secondary mission is to provide law enforcement personnel in the area with high-quality technical and digital forensics training in our state-of-the-art, digital training classroom. The RCFL offers a variety of different courses geared to the specific needs of our partners in law enforcement. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.nwrcfl.org.
Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force
Safe Streets Task Force
The FBI partners with all local law enforcement agencies to address bank robberies in the region. In addition, the Metro Gang Task Force falls under the Safe Streets banner. The FBI has joined with the Portland Police Bureau, the Hillsboro Police Department, the Beaverton Police Department, the Milwaukie Police Department, the Gresham Police Department, and the Vancouver Police Department to better share information and coordinate the apprehension of violent gang members.
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Forces
The following counties are designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas in Oregon: Umatilla, Jackson, Deschutes, Marion, Douglas, Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas. When an area receives this designation from the federal government, that area is eligible for increased federal funding and the tools to help the various local, state, and federal agencies form partnerships to coordinate and cooperate to a greater degree in drug-fighting efforts.