The FBI accomplishes its mission by prioritizing its investigations of crimes based on an overall priority ranking, as follows.
|1||Protect the United States from terrorist attack|
|2||Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage|
|3||Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes135|
|4||Combat public corruption at all levels|
|5||Protect civil rights|
|6||Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises|
|7||Combat major white-collar crime|
|8||Combat significant violent crime136|
|9||Support federal, state, local and international partners|
|10||Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI’s mission|
- IINI investigates online sexual exploitation of children and is a component of the Cyber Crime Section within the Cyber Division that addresses third-ranked priority: cyber-related crimes.
- The CACU investigates crimes against children without a cyber nexus and is a component of the Violent Crimes Section within the Criminal Investigative Division that addresses eighth-ranked priority: “Combat significant violent crime.