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Clackamas County sheriff 'pleased' to join FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

Although the Portland City Council has had its qualms about participating in the regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Clackamas County Craig Roberts has no problem with it.

Roberts issued a press release Tuesday saying he is "pleased to announce that after months of coordination with the FBI, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will join" the 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," the release says.

According to the release, 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 release also says Roberts 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.

The 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 increased to meet the challenge of international terrorism .

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

For more information, visit www.fbi.gov/portland/about-us/our-partnerships/partners