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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. These task forces are supported with full time assigned Deputy Sheriff or on a part time as needed basis depending on the operational need.


Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force logoIn Response to the crime of human trafficking, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Organized Crime Investigation Commission, has established several human trafficking focused task forces throughout Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff is the lead agency of the NEOHTTF comprised of federal, state and local agencies investigating both sex and labor trafficking cases. In addition to law enforcement partners, the task force works closely with multiple non-governmental agencies that provide services to those impacted by human trafficking. The task force provides training for industry, community, and other law enforcement partners related to the prevention, identification and investigation of human trafficking cases.

Crime Stoppers logoThe task force maintains a 24-hour response to reported human trafficking crimes. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking please call (216)443-6085 and request a human trafficking investigator contact you, or a tip can be submitted to Crime Stoppers. 

Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know


U.S. Secret Service, Cleveland Electronic Crimes Task Force

US Secret Service logoThe 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. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department is has been a long standing partner with the Cleveland ECTF, actively participating in the response to criminal actors in the electronic crimes space.

ECTF and FCTF | United States Secret Service


Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force

FBI logoThe 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.

Violent Gang Task Forces — FBI


U.S. Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force

US Marshal logoThe 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.

U.S. Marshals Service, Investigations, Fugitive Task Forces


High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area logoThe mission of the Ohio HIDTA is to reduce drug distribution and money laundering organizations, reduce the impact of illicit drugs and the associated violent crimes in the Ohio HIDTA region, and undermine the development of violent gangs that traffic in controlled substances. This will be accomplished through the coordination and sharing of intelligence and unified law enforcement efforts.

Ohio HIDTA - High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area


Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

DEA logoThe mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

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United States Postal Inspector’s Service

United States Postal Inspector’s Service logoThe mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is to support and protect the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce the laws that defend the nation's mail system from illegal or dangerous use; and ensure public trust in the mail.

United States Postal Inspection Service


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Gun Violence Task Force

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Gun Violence Task Force logoThe 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.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Cartel Gang Narcotics and Laudering Task Force

The mission of the Cartel Gang Narcotics & Laundering Task Force is to identify and target for prosecution Transnational Criminal Organizations engaged in diverse criminal schemes involving a myriad of federal violations within the Northern District of Ohio, the United States, and throughout the Western Hemisphere. Violations include, but are not limited to, drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking, alien smuggling, homicide, extortion, kidnapping, and weapons trafficking. CGNL includes a dedicated CGNL Interdiction Team focused on identifying and intercepting drugs and drug trafficking organization assets being moved through hotels, airports, and transportation hubs in the CGNL area of responsibility. CGNL will enhance the effectiveness of federal/state/local law enforcement resources through a well-coordinated initiative seeking the most effective avenues by which to convict and incarcerate dangerous offenders.