"Our review assessed how well the Violent Crime Impact Teams (VCIT), Mobile Enforcement Teams (MET), Safe Streets Task Forces (SSTF), and the Regional Fugitive Task Forces (RFTF) coordinate their work, including whether the task forces conduct duplicate investigations, cooperate in joint investigations, and 'deconflict' law enforcement events to avoid interfering with one another's field operations and to ensure officer safety. In conducting this review, we interviewed officials from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General; ATF, DEA, FBI, and USMS managers at headquarters and in field offices; U.S. Attorney's Office officials; Special Agents and Deputy Marshals; and state and local law enforcement officials. The Department of Justice (Department) has been making increasing use of different types of task forces; teams of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers; to help tribal, state, and local governments reduce violent crime. At the end of fiscal year (FY) 2005, there were 84 cities with more than 1 violent crime task force operated by the Department and its components, up from 20 cities at the beginning of FY 2003. As the number of cities with multiple task forces has increased, concerns have also risen among Department officials, members of Congress, and local police chiefs that the Department's task force investigations must be well coordinated to avoid duplication of effort."
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General Report Number I-2007-004
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