The United States Attorney coordinates operations of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in the Western District of Michigan. The ATAC’s goal is preventing terrorism and promoting national security. The responsibilities of the United States Attorney’s office include the following:
(1) convening and establishing the agenda for council meetings;
(2) ensuring that the participating federal, state, and local agencies work in a coordinated fashion and freely share information;
(3) developing a consensus among council members about investigative and prosecutive priorities and strategy;
(4) collaborating with the Counterterrorism Section (CTS) Regional Coordinators about priorities and strategy; and
(5) ensuring that the member agencies maintain a long-term focus on National Security matters.
Regarding the core operational aspects of terrorism investigations, the ATAC works in partnership with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which retain primary responsibility for terrorism investigations and coordinates among FBI field offices and their respective counterparts in federal, state, and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies in conducting international and domestic anti-terrorism investigations. The ATAC assists in developing a national network of representatives from federal, state, and local agencies and from private industry.
Members of the ATAC in the Western District of Michigan include Federal, Local, State and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies along with private sector partners.
The ATAC provides training for, and ensures collaboration among, federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers on national security matters. The training is free and is held at different locations throughout the District each year. The ATAC also distributes law enforcement and public safety bulletins to its membership on a regular basis, and works closely with the FBI Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Members of the public are invaluable resources in our efforts to protect all residents and our critical infrastructure. While the law enforcement community is doing its best to keep us safe, you can help as well. If you see any activity that you deem suspicious or possibly linked to terrorism, please take it seriously and report it promptly to your local law enforcement agency. Remember, “If you see something, say something.”
Report Threats to the FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/tips
National Counterterrorism Center: https://www.dni.gov/index.php/nctc-home
Michigan Intelligence Operations Center: https://www.michigan.gov/mioc/
National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS): https://www.dhs.gov/national-terrorism-advisory-system
FBI Most Wanted Terrorists: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wanted_terrorists
U.S. Postal Inspection Service Suspicious Mail Tips: https://www.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/suspicious-mail/
Updated December 30, 2019