The FBI will maintain a 50/50 balance between terrorism and traditional law enforcement, says director Robert S. Mueller III. Speaking yesterday to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Mueller said, “the reality is that we are not likely to go back to focusing primarily on drugs or bank robberies.” He praised excellent local police work “that will catch the next terrorist before an attack occurs.”
Mueller pledged a continued concentration on criminal cases. He cited 1,100 public corruption cases against public officials in the last two years, and a string of white collar crime cases, including Enron, HealthSouth, WorldCom, and Qwest. In the violent crime area, Mueller said that 700 FBI agents serve on regional Safe Streets Task Forces, which made nearly 5,000 arrests last year resulting in 1,500 convictions. There are more than 1,200 current gang-related investigations. Mueller discussed the FBI’s fingerprint-identification capabilities, which will be expanded to a Next Generation identifiation system that includes biometrics like palm prints, tattoos and scars and facial recognition.