FBI direc­tor dis­cusses team­work, diver­sity

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Wayne K. Rous­tan Staff writer wkrous­[email protected]­sen­tinel.com, 954-356-4303 or Twitter @WayneRous­tan

The FBI may seem like it’s un­der siege po­lit­i­cally, but that is not di­vert­ing agents’ at­ten­tion from fight­ing crime and mak­ing schools safer, ac­cord­ing to Direc­tor Christo­pher Wray.

Team­work, tech­nol­ogy and diver­sity were among the top­ics he ad­dressed at Satur­day’s lun­cheon for the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Black Law En­force­ment Ex­ec­u­tives con­fer­ence at the Diplo­mat Beach Re­sort in Hol­ly­wood.

Af­ter his 25-minute key­note speech, Wray met with Max Schachter whose 14-year-old son Alex was among the 17 mur­dered at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School on Feb. 14.

Schachter tweeted: “Just had a very con­struc­tive meet­ing with @FBI Direc­tor Wray about their tip line. He talked about the im­prove­ments and pro­cesses put in place to make sure ev­ery tip is fol­lowed up on. I know he is com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure a tragedy like MSD Park­land never hap­pens again.”

Wray ref­er­enced other mass shoot­ings, in­clud­ing the Pulse night­club mas­sacre in Or­lando, the con­cert killing spree in Las Ve­gas, He also urged po­lice agen­cies and the murders in the An- to con­trib­ute in­ci­dent re­ports napo­lis Gazette news­room to the Na­tional Use-ofForce as chal­lenges the FBI and Data Col­lec­tion sys­tem lo­cal law en­force­ment have to ex­am­ine trends that may to find ways to work to- con­trib­ute to po­lice-in­volved gether to solve, if not pre- shoot­ings. vent. “Bot­tom line, we need

“We sure don’t want to greater trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity be com­ing up with a plan in polic­ing,” he on how to deal with th­ese said. “One way we can things in the wake of one of achieve that is more and bet­ter th­ese tragedies,” he told data.” hun­dreds of of­fi­cers at- With re­gard to diver­sity, tend­ing the lun­cheon. Wray ad­mit­ted the FBI has “[We’re] study­ing lessons not done enough. learned from past in­ci­dents “Our em­ploy­ment sta­tis­tics, [to] in­te­grate them into re- to put it bluntly, don’t sponse plans that hope­fully paint the rosiest pic­ture,” he we can all use go­ing for- told the mostly mi­nor­ity au­di­ence. ward.” “Fewer than five per­cent

No sin­gle law en­force- of our agents are African-Amer­i­can ment agency can be ex- and that num­ber pected to in­ter­view all the has re­mained ba­si­cally wit­nesses and process all flat or con­stant for the past the ev­i­dence that a mass few years.” shoot­ing gen­er­ates, he said. But, he said, nearly 3,000

“You have my com­mit- peo­ple at­tended 11 diver­sity ment that if you need us re­cruit­ment drives last year we’ll be there with ev­ery and­about650haveap­pliedto as­set we can bring to bear,” be­come spe­cial agents. Eleven he said. re­cruit­ment pro­grams

One of those as­sets is the have been held so far this year Na­tional In­ci­dent-Based with at least five more Re­port­ing Sys­tem. Wray planned. en­cour­aged po­lice agen­cies The six-day NO­BLE con­fer­enceend­sWed­nes­day. to in­vest in the new tech­nol­ogy by 2021 to im­prove the over­all qual­ity of crime data col­lected and shared among law en­force- ment.

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