Counterterrorism, local cooperation priority
Cooperation between the FBI and local authorities and counterterrorism remains the FBI’s priority, according to Social Circle Police Chief Terry Sosebee, who attended a meeting and press conference with FBI director James Comey during his visit to Atlanta’s field office Friday, August 22.
Sosebee was among about 50 law enforcement personnel and several private sector or industry security representatives who met with Comey before he held a press conference for the media. He said there were many similarities between the information Comey gave in the private meeting and public press conference.
Comey asked in the meeting how the local authorities felt about their interactions with the FBI, Sosebee said, and “across the board there was the feeling that there’s a good relationship with the FBI here in Georgia.” He said Comey remarked his expectations of the FBI under his watch are that his agency will be a part of the communities where they have field offices.
“The main thing is to respond where there is help needed,” Sosebee said, “and deal with criminal charges and if a federal statue was broken after.
“He’s the third director I’ve met in my lifetime, and he seemed very genuine.”
Sosebee said he felt like he was having a conversation with someone the whole time instead of having a speech directed at him. Sosebee is a member and second vice president of the Executive Board of the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and recently completed a fouryear stint as the Chapter’s treasurer. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2000 (Session 203) and also graduated from the FBI’s Police Executive Fellowships, a six-month program where he worked at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. in the economic crime unit.