By Steve Neavling
FBI Director James Comey met with about 40 local law enforcement leaders over lunch Tuesday before participating in a ribbon-cutting to announce the opening of a new headquarters for the FBI’s Boston field office in Chelsea.
The office, which covers Massachusetts, Main, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, sits on 5.1 acres and will be 220,000 square feet, eight stories and cost $100,000 to build.
Although Comey didn’t field questions from reporters, Harold Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Boston, said the director talked about drug trafficking, terrorism and gang violence. Comey sought to build a working relationship with other law enforcement agencies, the Boston Globe reports.
“They were very insightful, the discussions about what’s concerning them most,” said Shaw.
Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, who is head of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association, said he’s encouraged by the enhanced level of partnership between the FBI and local police.
“The FBI has been incredibly supportive of local police in terms of these issues as they pertain to gang violence, drugs, bank robberies, white collar crime and certainly terrorism,” Kyes said.