Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2006

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

Public Corruption - FBI's Top Criminal Priority

Washington, DC - Combating public corruption is the top criminal program investigated by the FBI. Over the last two years, FBI investigations have lead to the conviction of more than 1,060 government employees involved in corrupt activities, to include 177 federal officials, 158 state officials, 360 local officials and more than 365 police officers. The FBI's highly sensitive public corruption investigations focus on all levels of government. No other law enforcement agency has attained the kind of success the FBI has achieved in combatting corruption. This success is due largely to the cooperation and coordination from a number of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to combat public corruption. These partnerships include, but are not limited to the Department of Justice, Agency Offices of Inspector General; law enforcement agencies' Internal Affairs Divisions; Federal, State and local law enforcement and regulatory investigative agencies; and state and county prosecutor's offices.

Additional information about the FBI's public corruption program can be found on the web site under the heading—What We Investigate—Public Corruption.

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