News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 1:51 p.m.
Sheriff Craig Roberts is pleased to announce that after months of coordination with the FBI, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will join the FBI Portland Division's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
Recent incidents involving both domestic and international extremism make this new partnership timely. Local law enforcement frequently is the first contact with individuals who might be plotting attacks -- making the integration of law enforcement efforts critical to keeping our community safe.
A joint board of leaders from the FBI and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office selected a Deputy Sheriff who will be assigned full-time to the JTTF. That assignment will occur at the conclusion of a clearance process that is currently underway.
The Sheriff has an oversight procedure in place with a senior manager that has already obtained a Top Secret clearance who will be briefed regularly. The deputy will also have access to legal counsel to consult about any concerns about complying with the Oregon Constitution and Oregon laws.
ABOUT THE JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE:
The FBI Portland Division's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was established in 1997. Before 9/11, it focused primarily on domestic terrorism issues. Since then, the scope and size of the JTTF has rapidly increased to meet the challenge of international terrorism that confronts our country and the state of Oregon.
Beyond the FBI agents assigned to the JTTF, current members include:
- Oregon State Police
- Port of Portland Police Department
- Washington County Sheriff's Office
- Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
- Internal Revenue Service
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Attorney's Office
- U.S. Department of State
- Diplomatic Security Service
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Immigration/Customs Enforcement
- Federal Air Marshal Service
- Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service
- Defense Criminal Investigative Service
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office