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Task Forces

The CCSD continues to provide assistance to its law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal levels. This is accomplished by providing competent, professional investigative assistance and personnel to the following task forces:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force
The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force 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.

U.S. Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force
The US Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force is a collaborative, district-wide law enforcement effort spearheaded by the U.S. Marshals Service that is dedicated to the pursuit, apprehension, and successful prosecution of violent adult fugitives across the Northern District of Ohio with outstanding state and federal felony warrants.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor CODIS Task Force
The Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force is committed to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases arising from previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits within the jurisdiction. In doing so, the Task Force will examine the systemic factors that led to a backlog of sexual assault kits, develop and utilize evidence-based best practices, and collaborate locally, with other jurisdictions and with survivors of sexual assault to improve the manner in which sexual assault cases are addressed in Cuyahoga County and across the country.

The work of the task force has proven that perpetrators of sexual violence in Cuyahoga County often go on to commit subsequent crimes, including additional sexual assaults. The successful pursuit and prosecution of these predators not only will vastly improve public safety, but also will help make strides toward rebuilding trust in the criminal justice system, especially among survivors of these crimes who have waited years for their cases to be resolved.

Nearly 5,000 SAKs collected between 1993 and 2010 are being reexamined as a result of these efforts.

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
The Detective Bureau continues to provide assistance to the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (I.C.A.C.), which is a federal, multi-jurisdictional anti-crime initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The I.C.A.C. task force is led by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and is a collaboration of city, county, state and federal law enforcement authorities across Ohio whose mission is to identify, arrest, and prosecute individuals who: (1) Utilize the Internet to lure minors into illicit sexual relationships, or; (2) Use the Internet to produce, distribute or solicit child pornography.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Gun Violence Task Force
The mission of the Gun Violence Task Force (GVTF) is to reduce violent crime and the criminal misuse and/or unlawful distribution of firearms in Cuyahoga County and the greater Cleveland metropolitan area through a collective partnership with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Cleveland Police Department, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies in Cuyahoga County and the greater Cleveland metropolitan area.

The Gun Violence Task Force (GVTF) responsibilities are to identify, investigate and forward for prosecution cases involving individuals determined to be involved in the illegal trafficking and/or possession of firearms in the Cuyahoga County and Cleveland metropolitan area. The GVTF will focus on violent prohibited offenders, especially those involved in armed assaults, robberies and homicides. Law enforcement officers assigned to the GVTF will work in concert with homicide detectives, agency investigators, narcotics/vice units and other units to remove violent firearms offenders from the street, identify the source of their firearms and pursue leads. These leads will be used to initiate proactive investigations of person’s illegally using, supplying and/or possessing firearms.

Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department participates in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The JTTF is on front line on terrorism, and is comprised of small cells of highly trained, locally based, passionately committed investigators, analysts, linguists, SWAT experts, and other specialists from dozens of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

The JTTF provides one-stop shopping for information regarding terrorist activities, as they enable a shared intelligence base across many agencies. They create familiarity among investigators and managers before a crisis. Perhaps, most importantly, they pool talents, skills, and knowledge from across the law enforcement and intelligence communities into a single team that responds together.

When it comes to investigating terrorism, the JTTF chases down leads, gathers evidence, makes arrests, provides security for special events, conducts training, collects and shares intelligence, and responds to threats and incidents at a moment’s notice.

Computer Forensic Examiner-Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF)
The CCSD conducts examinations of electronic media for local, state, and federal agencies. The U.S Secret Service (“USSS”) was mandated to establish a nationwide network of Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTFs) to bring together state and local law enforcement to form partnerships and combine resources in an organized effort to combat threats to our financial payment systems and critical infrastructures.