Our effort to protect the homeland requires expanding our traditional
law enforcement partnerships overseas.
The FBI is working with international partners in new ways
- Rather than focus on bringing a suspect back to the U.S. to face prosecution,
we now offer whatever assistance we can to other governments to support
their efforts to fight terrorism, cyber crime, and transnational criminal
enterprises. In some countries, we are working together on task forces
and conducting joint operations.
- We now routinely deploy
Agents and crime scene experts to assist in
the investigation of attacks, such as the May 2003 bombings in Saudi
Arabia and Morocco , and the July 2005 bombings in London . Agents
stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan work directly with our international
partners in the global war on terrorism.
- The Office of International
Operations (OIO) and the Legal Attache
(Legat) Program support the FBI’s investigative priorities thorough
liaison and operational interaction with the FBI’s foreign law
enforcement and intelligence counterparts and overseas intelligence community.
- In FY 2001, there were 44 Legat offices with 112 Agent and 74 support
employees. Today, the FBI has 57 fully operational Legat offices and
13 sub-offices with 167 agent and 111 support personnel assigned for
a total of 278 employees stationed abroad, an increase of nearly 70%.
- Analysts have been placed in eight Legat offices since 09/11/2001
: Amman , Jordan ; Baghdad , Iraq ; Berlin , Germany ; London , England
; Mexico City , Mexico ; Paris , France ; Rome , Italy ; and Tel Aviv,
- OIO staffing has increased from 12 agent and 27 support personnel in
four operational and administrative units to 37 agent and 86 support personnel
in 12 operational and administrative units at FBIHQ. In the past five years,
the operating budget has grown from approximately $16.5 million to $36
Training and Information Sharing
- The number of international students attending the National Academy
at Quantico has increased by 20%.
- We continue to increase our involvement in the International Law Enforcement
Academies in Hungary and Thailand .
- FBI personnel have provided basic training to foreign law enforcement
entities on how to take viable and identifiable fingerprints that can be
used reliably by the Bureau and our partners.
- In accordance with the
Attorney General’s 4/11/02 directive for
the “Coordination of Information Relating to Terrorism," terrorist
fingerprints and biographical data are being gathered internationally
from military detainees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, from
cooperative international exchange programs, the Legats, and domestic
law enforcement resources. A number of these prints have been collected
through FBI international deployments in coordination with international
law enforcement agencies interested in a fingerprint exchange. The
submitted prints, now numbering over 19,000, are searched against and
posted to the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification
System (IAFIS), the national repository for criminal and civil fingerprint
records in the United States .