The mission of the Criminal Division is to serve the public interest through the enforcement of criminal statutes in a vigorous, fair, and effective manner; and to exercise general supervision over the enforcement of all federal criminal laws, with the exception of those statutes specifically assigned to other Divisions. The Division and the 93 U.S. Attorneys have the responsibility for overseeing criminal matters as well as certain civil litigation. In addition, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance on criminal matters.
The Division is led by an Assistant Attorney General (AAG), who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The AAG is supported by a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General & Chief of Staff, a Deputy Chief of Staff & Counselor, as well as five Deputy Assistant Attorneys General. The Division consists of the Office of the AAG, the Administrative Office, and fifteen substantive offices/sections. Each office/section has a Chief or Director as well as attorneys, paralegals, support personnel, and other professionals.
Investigating and Prosecuting
The Division investigates and prosecutes complex cases, ensuring a consistent and coordinated approach to the nation's law enforcement priorities, both domestically and internationally. The Division has a national perspective on white collar crime, public corruption, cybercrime, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, violent crime, and other criminal activities.
Providing Expert Guidance and Advice
The Division serves as the strategic hub of legal and enforcement experience, expertise, and strategy in the fight against national and international criminal threats. The Division advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for coordinating international as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters.
Reviewing the Use of Law Enforcement Tools
The Division is responsible for ensuring that investigators are effectively and appropriately using available sensitive law enforcement tools. These tools include Title III wiretaps, electronic evidence-gathering authorities, and the use of the Witness Security Program. In the international arena, the Division manages the Department's relations with foreign counterparts and coordinates all prisoner transfers, extraditions, and mutual legal assistance requests. The Division also handles requests for approval from U.S. Attorneys' Offices to use sensitive law enforcement techniques, in conjunction with particular criminal statutes. For example, the Division reviews every racketeering indictment that is sought nationwide.
Fostering Global Partnerships
The Division maintains posts in ten countries in order to foster relationships and participate in operations with foreign law enforcement and prosecutors. The Division also has personnel in developing democracies across the globe, providing assistance to foreign governments in developing and maintaining viable criminal justice institutions; their responsibility is to sustain democracy and promote greater cooperation in transnational criminal matters, and enhance the capacity to provide modern professional law enforcement services, based on democratic principles and respect for human rights.