In this complex, globalized, post 9/11 world, our operational partnerships have never been more important to our efforts to protect you and 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 San Antonio, our major partnerships include:
- The San Antonio Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) brings together representatives of 40 local, state, and federal agencies to investigate 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 JTTFs working out of Austin and McAllen.
- The San Antonio 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. The FIG also joins with the multi-agency Texas State Fusion Center, which supports law enforcement and intelligence partners in 254 counties across the state.
- We participate in the FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships Program, which builds relationships 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 San Antonio and Austin bring together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses, and other cyber threats.
- The San Antonio InfraGard Chapter is the local arm 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 Violent Crimes Task Force combines detectives from the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) with our special agents to pool expertise and resources in targeting violent criminals of all kinds.
- Our Safe Streets Task Force also brings together SAPD and other agencies to focus on the violent gangs affecting the San Antonio community, including members of the Texas Mexican Mafia.