Two federal agencies are active in fighting the violent crime that may be associated with home invasions.
In January 1992, the FBI announced the Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, designed to allow each field office to address violent street gangs and drug-related violence through the establishment of FBI-sponsored, long-term, proactive task forces focusing on violent gangs, crime of violence, and the apprehension of violent fugitives.
The FBI Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force became the vehicle through which all of the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies joined together to address the violent crime plaguing their communities. The FBI’s Safe Streets and Gang Unit administers 160 Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Forces.
These task forces pursue violent gangs through sustained, proactive, coordinated investigations to obtain prosecutions under the U.S. Code, Titles 18 and 21, including violations such as racketeering, drug conspiracy, and firearms violations. The Safe Streets Task Force concept expands cooperation and communication among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, increasing productivity and avoiding duplication of investigative efforts.
One of the key facets of a Safe Streets Task Force is the Enterprise Theory of Investigation (ETI). Combining short term, street level enforcement activity with such sophisticated techniques as consensual monitoring, financial analysis, and Title III wire intercepts, investigations using ETI aim to root out and prosecute the entire gang, from the street level thugs and dealers up through the crew leaders and ultimately the gang’s command structure. For the past 14 years, the ETI has demonstrated how effective federal racketeering, drug conspiracy, and firearms investigations can be, whether it is providing the incentive for witnesses to cooperate or imprisoning the gang’s leaders for decades.
Thirty-nine (39) states have Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Forces, with multiple local city and county taskforces also in effect (for example, 19 such local task forces are set up in California).
The U.S. Marshal Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive operations,. The U.S. Marshal programs combines the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives.
Local Fugitive Task Forces are found in 53 states and U.S. Territories. They also serve as the central point for agencies to share information on fugitive matters. In fiscal year 2010, the Marshals apprehended more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing approximately 39,100 felony warrants. The U.S. Marshals’ “15 Most Wanted” fugitive program draws attention to some of the country’s most dangerous and high-profile fugitives. These felons tend to be career criminals with histories of violence, and they pose a significant threat to public safety.
Additional details, statistics, and information about the U.S. Marshal Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force can me found here. A more informal report of the Fugitive Task Force’s work can be found on the Line of Duty blog, here.