Two Valencia County Sheriff’s Office deputies have joined the FBI Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF). Special Agent in Charge James Langenberg of the Albuquerque FBI Division swore in the deputies as federal task force officers at the FBI field office Oct. 1.
“The FBI Violent Crime Task Force has made a huge impact since it was created a year and a half ago, thanks to the support and participation of our partners,” SAC Langenberg said. “This group of highly trained agents, officers, and deputies has arrested more than 230 dangerous criminals and taken hundreds of weapons off our streets.”
“The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be working with the FBI in the fight to suppress violent crimes in our community. We are dedicated to achieving impactful results which will both make our neighborhoods safer and reduce crime. The removal of violent offenders from our community has a substantial and positive impact on the well-being of our residents,” Sheriff Denise Vigil said.
Other agencies with personnel on the VCTF are the FBI; Albuquerque Police Department; Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; New Mexico State Police; Drug Enforcement Administration; New Mexico Corrections Department Probation and Parole Division; and Santa Fe County Adult Correctional Facility.
The VCTF primarily operates in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, and Torrance counties, but will assist any federal, state, local or tribal jurisdiction within New Mexico. Other FBI task forces in New Mexico are focused on terrorism, child exploitation, human trafficking, gangs, and Indian Country crime. State and local law enforcement agencies loan task force officers to the FBI, which pays for their training and some equipment.