From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Promises Better Ties With Locals
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 17:27:03 EDT
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 21:27:03 GMT
FBI Promises Better Ties With Locals
(EXCERPT) Mon Jul 22,10:34 PM ET, by MITCH STACY, Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - FBI ( news - web sites) Director Robert Mueller
vowed Monday to improve relations with state and local law enforcement
as his agency shifts its principal focus to preventing terrorist
Mueller, speaking at the annual conference of the National
Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, noted he has created
new top-level positions charged with improving communication and
appointed an advisory group of state and local law enforcement.
"The events of Sept. 11 have made it clear that the FBI has to do a
better job in developing these partnerships," Mueller said. "Our
communication should at least be as fast as CNN or television news,
but often it is not."
Besides faulty communication, lawmakers scrutinizing intelligence
failures leading up to the attacks found problems ranging from
outdated FBI computer systems to inadequate monitoring of potential
As House and Senate intelligence committees examine how to correct the
shortcomings, Mueller said he has proposed transferring 450 agents —
about 4 percent of the agency's manpower — to counterterrorism.
About 400 will come from narcotics units, with others from violent
crimes, white-collar crime, bank robbery and other areas. Mueller said
local police can expect to see fewer agents helping them fight those
crimes if Congress approves his reorganization.
During a press conference before his speech, Mueller said the FBI also
must improve its technology and its ability to analyze intelligence.
That effort has included borrowing 25 intelligence analysts from the
CIA ( news - web sites), he said.
Leonard Cooke, national president of the organization, lauded Mueller
for his efforts to reach out to local officers. About 2,000 people are
attending the weeklong conference.
Mueller, appointed by President Bush ( news - web sites), took the
helm of the FBI a week before the Sept. 11 attacks.
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