FBI director discusses teamwork, diversity
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.