SCN National Director & CEO Michael Masters Appointed To FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board

Dec 5, 2023 | Article, Newsletter

Mr. Masters Will Advise The JTTF Based Out Of The Chicago FBI Field OfficeMichael Master - DHS

CHICAGO, IL — Michael G. Masters, National Director and CEO of Secure Community Network (SCN), JEWISHcolorado’s safety and security partner, was appointed to the Executive Board of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), operating out of the Chicago Field Office.

The mission of the JTTFs, which operate under the authority of the Attorney General of the United States and coordinate their efforts through the Interagency National Joint Terrorism Task Force operating out of FBI Headquarters, are collaborative entities that bring together members of local, state, and federal law enforcement as well as intelligence agencies.

JTTFs facilitate information sharing between participating entities to protect the United States against threats to national security, including international and domestic terrorism, by leveraging the collective expertise of the member agencies for the prevention, preemption, deterrence, and investigation of terrorist acts that affect the interests of the United States, and to disrupt and prevent terrorist acts and to apprehend who may commit or plan to commit such acts. 

“I am honored to join the Executive Board of the JTTF, and I look forward to contributing to its critical mission,” said SCN National Director & CEO Michael Masters. “This appointment underscores the unique, strong partnership between the FBI and the Secure Community Network and our ongoing collaboration in the fight to mitigate antisemitic hate and violence and safeguard the Jewish community. I am eager to contribute my perspective and SCN’s at such a crucial moment for our community in the wake of the October 7th Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel. I look forward to working with the task force to address the pressing challenges of domestic and international terrorism.”

Working members of the JTTFs include highly trained investigators, analysts, linguists, and other specialists. 

The Executive Board of the JTTF is a group of recognized leaders in law enforcement, intelligence, and public safety – often representing agencies and departments with members on the JTTF or who are involved in or impacted by the work of the JTTF. The Board meets on a regular basis to be briefed on current threats and issues as well as the activities of the JTTF, and to share information and intelligence with one another on the current threat dynamic as well as preparedness, prevention, and mitigation efforts.

The first JTTF was established in New York City in 1980. Today there are roughly 200 task forces around the country, including at least one in each of the FBI’s 56 field offices, with hundreds of participating state, local, and federal agencies.

The appointment of Michael Masters to the Executive Board of the JTTF is the latest evidence of the strong partnership between the FBI, under the leadership of Director Christopher Wray, and the Secure Community Network with the shared goal of protecting the Jewish community and, more broadly, religious freedom, during these extraordinarily difficult times.

JEWISHcolorado’s Regional Safety & Security Initiative, in partnership with SCN, leverages our collective resources to develop best practices for emergency communication, security awareness and training, and disaster response. Learn more