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Safe Trails Task Force

On March 3, 1994, the FBI initiated "Operation Safe Trails" with the Navajo Department of Law Enforcement, in Flagstaff, Arizona. The purpose of the operation, which would later evolve into the Safe Trails Task Force (STTF) program, was to unite the FBI with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. STTF participating agencies include the FBI, Drug Enforcement Adminstration, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal police departments, and state and local law enforcement agencies. These Safe Trails Task Forces combine their resources in an effective manner to address crimes that would normally be under addressed or unaddressed without the STTF. There are currently 18 STTFs funded by the FBI:

Safe Trails Task Force Locations:
  • Arizona Safe Trails Task Force ( Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Southern Arizona Safe Trails Task Force ( Tucson, AZ)
  • Sacramento Indian Gaming Safe Trails Task Force ( Sacramento, CA)
  • Nebraska Safe Trails Task Force ( Sioux City, IA)
  • Straits Area Safe Trails Task Force ( Marquette, MI)
  • Upper Peninsula Safe Trails Task Force ( Marquette, MI)
  • Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force ( Bemidji, MN)
  • Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force (Browning, MT)
  • Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force ( Havre, MT)
  • Western Nevada Safe Trails Task Force ( Reno, NV)
  • New Mexico Safe Trails Task Force ( Gallup, NM)
  • Cherokee Safe Trails Task Force ( Asheville, NC)
  • Missouri River Safe Trails Task Force ( Bismarck, ND)
  • Warm Springs Safe Trails Task Force ( Bend, OR)
  • Northern Plains Safe Trails Task Force ( Pierre, SD)
  • Northwestern Washington Safe Trails Task Force ( Everett, WA)
  • Salish Safe Trails Task Force ( Spokane, WA)
  • Menominee Safe Trails Task Force ( Green Bay, WI)