Operational partnerships are the backbone of modern law enforcement and have never been more important to our efforts to combat terrorism and criminal activity. We work with every level of law enforcement in the state of Washington through multi-agency task forces, intelligence groups, and fusion centers. We also host and participate in public and private sector alliances.
Some of our major partnerships in Seattle:
- The Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force was formed in 2000. Participating law enforcement and intelligence agencies provide personnel to the task force for extended periods of time to work with the FBI in conducting international and domestic terrorism investigations. Combining the skills, tools, and resources of the various agencies enables the task force to be more effective in preventing and solving acts of terrorism and supporting cases nationwide and worldwide.
- The Seattle Field Intelligence Group is a team of FBI analysts and agents that provides intelligence analysis to the Seattle Division and its partners. It works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Washington State Fusion Center, a state-supported intelligence collection and analysis center housed in the Seattle FBI office and staffed by local and state law enforcement agencies.
- FBI Seattle Division Cyber Task Force addresses national security and criminal cyber intrusions and threats, collaborating with business and law enforcement partners locally and around the globe.
- The North-Central Sound Child Exploitation Task Force provides a rapid and effective investigative response to reported federal crimes involving the victimization of children. The task force strives to reduce the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse, and strengthens the capabilities of federal, state, and local law enforcement through training programs and investigative assistance. The FBI Seattle Division works with law enforcement partners on two dedicated Child Exploitation Task Forces based in Seattle and Tacoma. The Seattle-based North-Central Sound CETF is a partnership between the FBI, the King County Sheriff’s Office, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, KCSO contracted to SeaTac Police Department, and the Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Mt. Vernon, Port of Seattle, Renton, and Seattle police departments.
- The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force works to identify, disrupt, and dismantle existing and emerging violent criminal enterprises and gangs in King County, as well as other individuals and groups whose criminal activity negatively impacts the Puget Sound area.
- The SEPROM Task Force, jointly led by the FBI and Seattle Police Department (SPD), continues to investigate the October 11, 2001 homicide of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales. This task force includes FBI agents, SPD detectives, and prosecutors from both the King County Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Justice.
Some of our partnerships in northwestern Washington:
- The Everett Joint Terrorism Task Force investigates international and domestic terrorism—including eco-terrorism—in Snohomish and Skagit counties. Task force members also coordinate with the Bellingham Counterterrorism Working Group, which covers Whatcom County.
- The Safe Trails Task Force brings together tribal police and the FBI to address criminal matters on Indian Country land.
- The North-Central Sound Child Exploitation Task Force is based in Seattle but also works in northwestern Washington. (See mission and list of partners in previous section.)
Some of our partnerships in eastern Washington:
- The Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force disrupts international and domestic terrorism activity throughout eastern Washington and northern Idaho. This JTTF is unique in that it fuses the efforts and combines the talent and resources of the FBI’s Seattle and Salt Lake City field divisions.
- The Spokane Violent Crime and Gang Enforcement Team addresses gang-related criminal enterprises and other violent crime matters in Spokane, Washington and the surrounding area.
- The Salish Safe Trails Task Force works to stem violence, illegal drug trafficking, and other criminal activity throughout the region’s rugged and remote Indian reservations.
- The Tri-Cities Violent Gang Task Force operates from Kennewick, Washington and combats entrenched gang-related criminal enterprises and other violent crime matters across southeastern and central Washington.
Some of our partnerships in southwestern Washington:
- The South Sound Gang Task Force in Tacoma, Washington works to identify, disrupt, and dismantle existing and emerging violent criminal enterprises and gangs. It combines the expertise of the FBI, the Tacoma and Lakewood Police Departments, the Washington State Patrol, Washington Department of Corrections (DOC), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
- The Southwest Washington Interagency Gang Enforcement Team in Vancouver, Washington combines the resources of the FBI, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, and Washington DOC to combat gang-related criminal activity.
- The South Sound Child Exploitation Task Force in Tacoma, Washington is a partnership between the FBI, the Lakewood and Tacoma police departments, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
- The South Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force disrupts terrorist activity by synthesizing the efforts of the FBI, US Army 902nd Military Intelligence, DHS, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Protective Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service.