Timoney Gives FBI High Marks In Talking With Local Chiefs


The FBI is more often taking the initiative to notify local law enforcement officials of important antiterror information, says the Miami Herald. Before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, such a call was rare. Miami Police Chief John Timoney said that “the only time you’d get called by the FBI was on a really big case — after it was solved.” Now, Timoney says, FBI agent in charge Jonathan Solomon in Miami “goes out of his way to communicate.” Timoney said that FBI director Robert Mueller “promised me things would change, and he fulfilled that promise.”

Before the attacks, the FBI had 34 joint terrorism task forces. Today, there are 101 FBI-led task forces nationwide. In South Florida, the task force has doubled in size to about 170 FBI agents and police investigators. ”One of the sea changes in the area of counterterrorism — there is not a lead that goes unaddressed,” Solomon said. “If we get a call that may seem improbable, we’re still going to run it to ground and we’re still going to check to make sure it’s nothing. In counterterrorism, everything is treated as a serious matter.”

Link: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/15489090.htm

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