Domestic Federal Law Enforcement Coordination: Through the Lens of the Southwest Border [June 3, 2014] [open pdf - 668KB]
From the report: "Task forces, and more broadly inter-agency cooperation, have become familiar law enforcement tools to combat innovative, aggressive, and far reaching criminal and homeland security adversaries in the last three decades. One would be hard-pressed to identify a part of the United States with a greater proliferation of law enforcement task force activity targeting a vast array of threats and actors than the Southwest border region. Federal enforcement and security priorities geared toward stemming drug trafficking and terrorism surface in unique ways along the border. Many federally led domestic efforts to coordinate counterdrug and counterterrorism policing exist in the 150-mile-wide belt north of the U.S.- Mexican border that stretches from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast.[…] While law enforcement coordination may be a central facet to operations 'throughout' the country, this report highlights the issue through analysis of activities along the Southwest border. As such, examples of law enforcement coordination along the Southwest border are sprinkled--in text boxes--throughout the body of the report in an effort to highlight some of the concepts discussed. The task force activities highlighted by no means represent an exhaustive list of task force operations along the Southwest border."
|Report Number:||CRS Report for Congress, R43583|
|Author:||Bjelopera, Jerome P.|
Finklea, Kristin M.
|Publisher:||Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service|
|Retrieved From:||Via E-mail|