KANSAS CITY, Mo. Kansas City Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Taekuk Cho presented his office’s 2023 Agency Partnership Award to Sheriff Will Akin, who accepted on behalf of the County Sheriff’s Office Clay in Missouri on February 10th.
“I would like to thank the Clay County Missouri Sheriff’s Office and the professionals of both agencies for the strong partnership that exists between us,” Cho said. “This award is but a token of our agency’s gratitude for the variety of mission-critical resources the Clay County Missouri Sheriff’s Office provides throughout the year. Resources such as task force officers, subject matter experts, cross-training, and joint investigations, which enable both agencies to achieve our law enforcement goals and keep our community safe more efficiently and effectively.
Each year, HSI Kansas City presents the Partnership Award to a group that promotes and facilitates cooperation between agencies. These tasks include successful negotiations and agreements with interagency partners; developing interagency programs and initiatives that improve national security efforts; provision of manpower, technical advice, assistance and training of interagency partners; and support joint law enforcement efforts to improve national security efforts.
“Our partnership with HSI Kansas City has been instrumental in our efforts to combat human trafficking in Clay County,” Akin said. “They are ready to assist and provide resources whenever we need their help on all types of investigations, and this relationship makes our community safer.”
HSI is the lead investigative arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, particularly those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 7,000 Special Agents assigned to 237 cities across the United States and 93 foreign offices in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence overseas and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.