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Joint Terrorism Task Force

Definition/Scope: (DOJ) Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) are small cells of investigators, analysts, linguists, SWAT experts, and other specialists from dozens of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies. It is a multi-agency effort led by the Justice Department and FBI designed to combine the resources of federal, state, and local law enforcement. (FBI) As of February 2012 the task forces are based in 103 cities nationwide, including at least one in each of our 56 field offices. A total of 71 of these JTTFs have been created since 9/11; the first was established in New York City in 1980. Today, the JTTFs include more than 4,400 members nationwide hailing from over 600 state and local agencies and 50 federal agencies (the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. military, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Transportation Security Administration, to name a few). The JTFF’s provide one-stop shopping for information regarding terrorist activities. They enable a shared intelligence base across many agencies. They create familiarity among investigators and managers before a crisis. They pool talents, skills, and knowledge from across the law enforcement and intelligence communities into a single team that responds together. The task forces coordinate their efforts largely through the interagency National Joint Terrorism Task Force, working out of FBI Headquarters, which makes sure that information and intelligence flows freely among the local JTTFs and beyond. (ICE) The National Security Investigation Division’s (NSID) National Security Unit (NSU) oversees U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?s (ICE) participation on the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The JTTF investigates, detects, interdicts, prosecutes and removes terrorists and dismantles terrorist organizations.



Acronym:

JTTF

Broader Terms:

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Narrower Terms:

terrorism

Related Terms:

Counter Terrorism Command
Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group


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