In order to address terrorist networks operating around the world, the department has increased its partnerships at every level of government in the United States and has forged strong ties with its counterparts overseas. Some of these efforts include:
Coordinating with Federal, State and Local Partners
- Created Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils in each U.S. Attorney’s Office to enhance information sharing with state and local authorities in each district, and to enhance communications between the department and U.S. Attorneys on terrorism matters.
- Increased the number of Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) around the country from 35 to 104, and increased the number of JTTF personnel from approximately 1,000 to nearly 4,500.
- Helped fund and participate in the 72 information fusion centers that have been created in states and localities around the country since 9/11 to serve as the focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering and sharing of threat-related information.
- Partnered with other agencies to establish the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), which provides standards, policies and processes for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement to share timely, relevant information about behaviors recognized as precursor activities to terrorism. The NSI also is training analysts to recognize patterns and share behavior-related patterns and trends with law enforcement.
- Provided critical participation and support to the multi-agency National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), which integrates terrorism intelligence, conducts strategic operational planning, and serves as a central repository for terrorism intelligence.
- Provided critical leadership and support to the Terrorist Screening Center, a multi-agency center under the umbrella of the FBI’s National Security Branch that manages the consolidated terrorist watch list.
- Provided critical participation in the multi-agency Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, which provides information that helps keep foreign terrorists and their supporters out of the United States, or leads to their removal, location, detention, surveillance or prosecution.
- Created the FBI Office of Law Enforcement Coordination to build bridges to national, state, municipal, county, tribal and local partners.
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Coordinating with International Counterparts
In the past 10 years, the department has leveraged international law enforcement cooperation to target and dismantle terrorist enterprises both at home and abroad. In this area, the department has:
- Expanded the number of FBI Legal Attaché offices in foreign countries from 44, on 9/11, to 62 operation offices and 13 sub-offices today.
- Increased the number of overseas FBI personnel from 112 agents and 74 support employees, in 2001, to 182 agents and 107 support personnel, for a total of 289 employees stationed abroad—an increase of nearly 55 percent.
- Responded to hundreds of formal requests from partners around the world for assistance in terrorism investigations, though our global network of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties.
- Shared thousands of pieces of threat-related information with our international partners.
- Provided critical evidence to other countries for use in terrorism-related prosecutions, and received critical evidence from other countries for use in U.S. terrorism-related prosecutions.
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