Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $400,000)
Project title: 2021-2023 Oregon Health & Safety Intellectual Property Crime Enforcement and Community Outreach & Education Program In October 2011, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) was awarded one of 13 Intellectual Property Crime Enforcement Program (IPEP) grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Due to past successes and additional funding, the Task Force is now comprised of: three federal law enforcement agency (LEA) partners [United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), HSI, and CBP Portland Offices]; four local law enforcement agencies [Beaverton Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Washington County Sheriff, and Woodburn Police Department]; and two Oregon District Attorney Offices [Washington County District Attorney (WCDA) and Multnomah County District Attorney (MCDA)]. The Task Force also partners with: USPS and the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (NWRCL). The Fiscal Year 2021 grant program will expand our goals for a modern and holistic approach to IPC enforcement through community outreach and education along with proactive investigations in a collaborative effort with local, state and federal Task Force partners: Aggressively target, investigate, and prosecute individuals and or/criminal organizations committing state and federal IP crimes through coordination and collaboration with local, state and federal Task Force partners with a focus on cases involving 1) public health & safety, 2) theft of trade secrets and economic espionage, and 3) large scale commercial counterfeiting and piracy; Increase public IPC awareness by working with BJA and NW3C to distribute existing public awareness campaign and educational material through Task Force website. Provide investigative assistance for LEA with limited resources. The Task Force will develop a training program open to all LEA and provide Task Force personnel to assist with larger investigation of IP Crimes. A trusted working relationship has developed between PPB and the ICE HSI Portland Fraud group working IPC that has extended to investigations involving bank fraud, wire fraud and Identity Theft. The Task Force has developed strong working relationships with industry partners that have pledged their support and participation in community outreach and education.
This application was given priority consideration in that the project addresses specific challenges that rural communities face.