PORTLAND, Maine — The FBI said it’s preparing to deploy a task force aimed at targeting street gangs in Maine.

Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge in Boston, said Friday that the FBI is working with local police to establish the Southern Maine Safe Streets Task Force. Similar task forces are already at work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

DeLausiers said targeting violent street gangs is a priority for the FBI.

Todd Difede, the FBI’s supervisory special agent in Portland, says the goal is to have the task force up and running in one to two months.