FBI makes case for Portland To remain in Joint Terrorism Task Force
At a briefing Tuesday in Portland, the FBI discussed at length the role of Oregon's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Senior federal law enforcement officials are anticipating a fight with Portland City Hall as early as next month, when Commissioner-elect JoAnn Hardesty is sworn in to the City Council.
Hardesty has said her first act in office will be to push for a vote to remove Portland from the law enforcement partnership.
Seven local law enforcement agencies work as a part of the JTTF. Two Portland Police Bureau officers work out of the FBI on a part-time basis on threats of violence to the city.
On Tuesday, FBI Special Agent In Charge Renn Cannon said the city and the state as a whole are safer with Portland as part of the JTTF. He said the officers on the JTTF serve as a conduit between the FBI and their local departments.
That would change if Portland votes to pull out.
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