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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) partners with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies through a variety of services with the goal of sharing resources and information in the most effective manner possible. The combined efforts of ICE and other law enforcement agencies furthers the ability to combat crimes.


(Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security)

ICE ACCESS provides local law enforcement agencies an opportunity to team with ICE to combat specific challenges in their communities. Read More

Air Transportation Unit

ICE manages alien transportation and repatriation flights via Special Charter Missions and the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS). Read More

Alternatives to Detention

The Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) is responsible for developing and implementing programs that enhance the supervision of aliens released from ICE custody. There are two programs currently used by ICE, the Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP) and the Intense Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP). Read More

Child Exploitation - Operation Predator

Law enforcement agencies can work with ICE to protect young people from alien smugglers, human traffickers, child pornographers and other predatory criminals through Operation Predator. As part of this initiative, ICE has created a single web portal to access all publicly available Megan’s Law databases, is creating a National Child Victim Identification System and has forged a new alliance with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Read More

Criminal Alien Program (CAP)

The Criminal Alien Program (CAP) focuses on identifying criminal aliens who are incarcerated within federal, state and local facilities thereby ensuring that they are not released into the community by securing a final order of removal prior to the termination of their sentence. Read More

Cyber Crimes Center (C3)

C3 investigates domestic and international criminal activities occurring on or facilitated by the Internet. The center brings together into one facility the Child Exploitation Section, the Computer Forensics Section and the Cyber Crimes Section—ICE’s key assets for investigating international criminal activity conducted on or facilitated by the Internet. The center develops and validates leads generated by domestic and international sources, and provides hundreds of leads to foreign law enforcement agencies. C3 also provides cyber crime training to international, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Read More

Detention Management

Due to the nature of its mission, the immigration detention program maintains custody of one of the most highly transient and diverse populations of any correctional or detention system in the world. Read More

Explosive Detection Dog Teams (EDD)

The mission of the Explosive Detector Dog (EDD) Teams is the protection of life and property and providing a strong visible deterrence against criminal and terrorist acts. EDD teams are on call 24-hours a day and serve a crucial role as part of a growing network of first responders. Read More

Federal Protective Service Basic Service Charge and Building Specific Service Charge

FPS supports the ICE mission by providing law enforcement and security services to over 1 million tenants and daily visitors to approximately 9,000 federally owned and leased facilities nationwide. FPS is a cost-reimbursable program, with fees collected through a Basic Service Charge and Building Specific Service Charge. FPS focuses directly on the interior security of the nation and the reduction of crimes and potential threats to federal facilities, employees and visitors throughout the nation. Read More

Forensic Document Laboratory (FDL)

FDL is the only federal crime laboratory dedicated exclusively to detecting and deterring travel and identity document fraud. The FDL’s professional staff provides a full range of investigative and forensic services for ICE, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Services include forensic examination of handwriting and documents, training and technical assistance in detection of fraudulent documents, document intelligence alerts and other operational intelligence projects. Read More

Hazardous Response Program (HRP)

The Hazardous Response Program (HRP) was created in response to credible chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats or incidents. HRP provides specific awareness training in WMD and hazardous materials to federal, state and local government workers upon request. Read More

Identify and Benefit Fraud

The mission of the Identity and Benefit Fraud Unit (IBFU) is to detect, deter and combat immigration fraud through aggressive, focused and comprehensive investigations and prosecutions. Read More

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center

The IPR coordinates enhanced intelligence, investigative and enforcement actions to improve IPR protection and safeguard the health and public safety of U.S. consumers. Particular emphasis is given to investigating major criminal organizations engaged in transnational IP crime, halting the flow of counterfeit goods into U.S. commerce and pursuing the illegal proceeds derived from sales of counterfeit goods. The IPR serves as a point of contact for all U.S. government agencies, the Administration, Congress, and media outlets regarding IPR law-enforcement issues. Read More

Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC)

The LESC protects the United States and its people by providing timely and accurate information and assistance to the federal, state and local law enforcement community – 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. This includes information on the status and identity of individuals who have been arrested or are under investigation for criminal activity. The LESC also performs several investigative functions including providing support to a host of ongoing multi-agency investigative initiatives. Read More


In 2000, FPS transitioned all alarm monitoring and dispatching capabilities from several regional control centers to four MegaCenters. Currently, each MegaCenter monitors multiple types of alarm systems, closed circuit television, and wireless dispatch communications within federal facilities throughout the entire nation. Read More

Mobile Command Posts

Incident management necessitates mobility, interconnectivity and communications interoperability between federal, state and local emergency service agencies. Mobile command posts are strategically located to assist during any emergency incident nationwide. Read More

National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP)

The Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) identifies, locates, apprehends and removes fugitive aliens from the United States. Read More

Office of Intelligence Liaison Program

The Office of Intelligence collects, analyzes and shares information on critical homeland security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by terrorist and criminal organizations. By focusing on data and information related to the movement of people, money and materials into, within and out of the United States, the Office of Intelligence is able to provide accurate and timely reporting to ICE leadership and field agents in support of enforcement operations. The ICE Office of Intelligence has also developed a dynamic liaison program with multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and the Intelligence Community. This program enhances the sharing of intelligence and the coordination of critical law enforcement information. Additionally, the Office of Intelligence supports and participates in numerous interagency programs and initiatives. Read More

Protective Investigations Program

The Protective Investigations Program was established in early 2004, to ensure the safety of DHS and FPS protectees and facilities. The program collaborates with federal, state and local law enforcement entities having a protective and investigative mission. Read More

Section 287(g) Immigration and Nationality Act

Section 287(g) originated in the 1996 amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act passed by Congress. The initiative is designed to effectively multiply the forces of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through enhanced cooperation and communication with state and local law enforcement. Under 287(g), ICE provides state and local law enforcement with the training and subsequent authorization to identify, process, and when appropriate, detain immigration offenders they encounter during their regular, daily law-enforcement activity. Read More

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