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FBI Reports Applications for Special Agents Are Up, Employees Are Happier

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An increasing number of people are applying to become FBI special agents, and a new survey suggests job satisfaction is climbing among current bureau employees.

The FBI received 32,000 applications, twice the annual recruitment goal and nearly three times higher than the previous year, the bureau told NBC News.

The numbers are significant after President Trump’s incessant attacks on the FBI and the firing of former director James Comey caused a slump in morale.

The latest internal results show “more employees in FBI field offices said they were proud to work for the FBI, believe in its mission, and would recommend it as a good place to work,” reversing declines in those categories in 2017 and 2018.

Public Invited to Interact with DEA Special Agents During Lecture Series

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a special agent for the DEA?

The DEA Museum in Arlington, Va., is offering the public an opportunity to hear from several special agents as part of a lecture series Tuesday. They will discuss who they are and what they do.

The event is free. Register at EventBrite.com. Can’t make it? The event will be live-streamed.

Speaking during the lecture series are Steve Fraga, who works with law enforcement counterparts in South America and Central America; Michelle Spahn, who serves as supervisory special agent and DEA 360 strategy coordinator; and Amador Martinez, who works on a number of assignments at DEA headquarters.

According to the event page:

Special Agents are on the front line for drug law enforcement in America and around the world. DEA’s goal is to eliminate illegal drug distribution, prosecute traffickers and destroy the financial infrastructure of these organizations. As the federal government’s premier drug law enforcement agency, our mission has never been so important. Agents are prepared for innumerable tasks including facilitating informant contacts, making drug arrests, community outreach, and international diplomacy.

Special Agents must maintain many skills to perform in less than ideal and often high pressure situations. While in the field, agents may investigate and help prosecute major violators of controlled substance laws, and partner with federal, state, local, and foreign officials in managing drug intelligence programs. Agents are often identified as the people who arrest and search subjects and seize assets connected to illicit drug trafficking, but they are also responsible for collecting and preparing evidence and performing other judicial functions. DEA Special Agents have a long-standing history in combating the critical problems of drug trafficking.

The event is from 11 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of DEA headquarters at 700 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, Va.

For more information, call the DEA Museum at (202) 307-3463.

NRA’s Influence Over Congress Leaves ATF Understaffed

atf-gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Even if the government decided to take away people’s guns, the ATF is so understaffed that it would be unable to follow through.

“Look, we don’t have the people,” Corey Ray, an ATF spokesman told Mother Jones. “Even if we were like, ‘Yeah, we’re coming to take your guns,’ 30 years from now you might get a knock on your door.”

The ATF said the lack of manpower is the result of the NRA’s powerful influence over Congress.

“Look, we don’t have the people,” Corey Ray, an ATF spokesman told Mother Jones.  “Even if we were like, ‘Yeah, we’re coming to take your guns,’ 30 years from now you might get a knock on your door.”

The ATF estimates that there are more guns than people in the U.S., and an additional 10 million new guns are manufactured every year.

To put that into perspective, the ATF has 2,600 special agents. 

Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI Commends Comey For Comments About Policing

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago delivering speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (ticklethewire.com photo)

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago delivering speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (ticklethewire.com photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has gotten some push back from skeptics about this theory that the recent intense focus on police brutality has made some police officers less aggressive about doing their job, which has resulted in a spike in crime.

Well, the retired Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI has issued a statement commending him for speaking out on the issue in Chicago.

The statement says:

Director Comey has served for two decades as a top federal prosecutor in New York City, Richmond, Virginia and at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He is widely respected as a thoughtful, independent, and insightful leader. His independence was celebrated when as Deputy Attorney General he, along with then FBI Director Robert Mueller, both threatened to resign rather than proceed with a White House policy of President George W. Bush that they both considered illegal. The FBI Director has a ten year term that purposefully does not coincide with the four year term of the presidency to insure such independence. Director Comey’s comments on race, policing, and spiking crime rates this last year should be applauded as timely, needed and courageous.

Director Comey bravely tackled in his speech a complex subject dealing with spiking violent crime and homicide rates in cities all across the country in 2015 after 25 years of declining violent crime. During this last year, Director Comey has directed his Special Agents in Charge across the country to engage in community discussions about race relations and policing issues. He has listened to their reporting and he also makes it a practice to speak with law enforcement groups and officials on a continual basis. Comey remarked that the reason for such spikes may be due to a change in policing. He asked the important question “In today’s You Tube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime? Are officers answering 911 calls but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys standing around, especially with guns?” He asked these important questions in the context that the murder victims in large part are persons of color and that law enforcement needs to find answers to the questions he was asking and solutions to the spiking crime rate to save these vulnerable victims and their communities. Director Comey also strongly noted in several instances that changes in police conduct is welcomed in terms of de-escalation and the use of deadly force.

Society President Larry Langberg stated, “Director Comey has commented to the nation’s law enforcement professionals on a difficult subject involving race relations, policing practices, and community involvement. He should be applauded for encouraging nationally a discussion about critical issues in policing.”

 

 

 

Secret Service Agents Spent Average of Just 25 Minutes Training in 2014

secret service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One reason the Secret Service is making so many embarrassing blunders may have something to do with the lack of training.

The Fiscal Times reports that the Secret Service’s uniformed officers trained for an average of just 25 minutes in fiscal 2013, a significant decline over previous years

The Secret Service typically sent special agents to eight training classes a year. Now agents are lucky to take a class, the an independent panel investigating the agency told Congress last week.

The panelists suggested that the Secret Service hire 200 new uniformed officers and 85 special agents, which would mark a 4.5% increase in the overall workforce.

“No organization is perfect,” said Mark Filip, one of the panelists. “It’s not a weakness to acknowledge there are problems. Accept them and move forward.”

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FBI Searches for Women to Become Special Agents As Bureau Begins to Hire

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI seeks to hire hundreds of new special agents, they will be looking for women to join the agency.

About 20% of the bureau’s special agents are women, according to Fox 29.

“I worked the riots, Rodney King. I worked every, anything imaginable,” said Special Agent Tanya Coleman.  “I was a single mom when I decided to join the FBI.”

Women are playing a bigger role in the bureau than ever – and the gender diversity is paying off, the FBI said.

“Whether you were a school teacher or whether you worked at a company for years, or you were in the military or law enforcement, we need to have a broad spectrum of that so our agents can do any job we assign them to,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.

FBI agents must be at least 23 years old, have a four-year degree and have at least three years of professional working experience.

FBI Looks to Hire Hundreds of Special Agents for Various Positions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is on the hunt for a few hundred special agents.

Buffalo Business First reports that the FBI is searching for people who speak foreign languages, people with accounting, computer science or IT skills or people with law degrees.

“From Aug. 1 to Aug. 15, posting for special agent positions will be open,” said Buffalo field office special-agent-in-charge Brian Boetig. “These are gun-toting, badge-carrying investigators, and we’ll get hundreds of thousands of applicants, who will be assigned to one of the agency’s 56 U.S. field offices, or one of 60 overseas offices.”

Boetig said a lot of help is needed.

“We’re always looking for accountants and those with law backgrounds because of the amount of health-care fraud,” he said. “People with computer and technology backgrounds are helpful because of cyber threats we face.”

Applicants must be between the ages of 23 and 37.