Coun­tert­er­ror­ism, lo­cal co­op­er­a­tion pri­or­ity

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

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.

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