Monday, May 31, 2010

An Inside Look at Special FBI Training

When Special Agent Rick M. deployed to Afghanistan for temporary duty in 2004, only a handful of FBI personnel were assigned to the war theater, and the Bureau had no formal training program to prepare them for the experience.
Today, much has changed. Hundreds of our agents, analysts, and support staff have volunteered for assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Agent M.—who has returned overseas several times since his first trip—is one of the people in charge of their pre-deployment training.
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             About This Series

FBI.gov spent two weeks following a class of FBI personnel preparing to deploy to support the FBI's missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This series of stories, photos, and videos is a glimpse into their experience at pre-deployment training in Utah.
This story and gallery are the first in the series.

Now, all FBI personnel going to Afghanistan and Iraq—with assignments ranging from four months to a year—attend an intensive two-week training program to prepare them for what the military calls the “non-permissive environment” they will encounter.
FBI.gov attended a recent training class in Utah, and over the next several weeks—with articles, pictures, and video—we will report on the training, the veteran instructors who administer it, and the “students” who will soon be using their new knowledge in-country to support a variety of FBI missions.
“We base the training in Utah—especially in the remote mountains around Salt Lake City—because the area is similar to conditions in Afghanistan,” Agent M. said. “The climate, elevation, and topography are in many ways the same.”
Run by our International Operations Division, the pre-deployment program consists of indoor classroom training—everything from administrative details about visas and passports to briefings on insurgency activity—as well as outdoor instruction in Utah’s harsh winter climate at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level.
Classes include hands-on weapons training, land navigation techniques, and emergency trauma medicine. “We go through a lot of fake blood,” said Agent M., one of the program’s four coordinators. He added that the 12 consecutive days of rigorous instruction is “like taking a drink from a fire hose,” but there is no other alternative.


“What we strive for with pre-deployment training is that you shouldn’t see or hear anything in country that you haven’t already seen or heard here first."

Rick M.
Special Agent
Pre-Deployment Training Program

“To try to train somebody overseas—when they’ve just traveled on an airplane for 30 hours, are sleep deprived, and are under real-world stress—is not really an option,” he explained. “What we strive for with pre-deployment training is that you shouldn’t see or hear anything in country that you haven’t already seen or heard here first.”
The program has expanded as our mission in the war theater has expanded. When Agent M. first went to Afghanistan, the few agents there mostly provided expertise to the military. But now, working through our legal attaché program in coordination with the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bureau is involved with just about every kind of investigation in the war theater that we carry out domestically, from public corruption and kidnapping cases to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction matters.
“We’ve given this training to agents, analysts, linguists, IT specialists—you name the discipline, they’ve come through the class,” he said.
Since the pre-deployment program was officially established at the end of 2004, hundreds of Bureau personnel have benefited from the instruction.
“For the FBI folks who raise their hand to go into a war zone,” Agent M. said, “we owe it to them to provide the most applicable and relevant training possible prior to their deployment.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 28, 2010

  1. FBI Headquarters: Preliminary 2009 Crime Statistics Released

    Preliminary 2009 statistics indicate that violent crime in the nation decreased 5.5 percent and property crime declined 4.9 percent when compared with data from 2008, according to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. Data in the report came from 13,237 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 months of data in both 2008 and 2009. Full Story 

Friday, May 28, 2010

JOHN L. FOWLERS CHARGED WITH BATAVIA BANK ROBBERY

Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Gary J. Schira,
Chief of the Batavia, Illinois Police Department (BPD) in announcing the arrest of a North Aurora, Illinois man for the May 17th armed robbery of the Chase Bank branch, located at 130 South Batavia Avenue in the western suburb.
JOHN L. FOWLERS, who is also known as John Fowler, age 35, of 201 Lincoln Way in North Aurora, Illinois was arrested late Wednesday evening, without incident, by FBI Special Agents in the 4500 block of West Harrison Street in Chicago. FOWLERS was charged last week in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Armed Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CRIME RATES FALL


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Preliminary data indicates that, for the third year in a row, the rate of violent crime in the United States is down. It appears that property crime also declined, for the seventh straight year.
Our final figures won’t be available until the fall, but our just-released Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, January to December 2009, shows some fairly significant decreases—5.5 percent for violent crime and 4.9 percent for property crime, as reported to us by 13,237 law enforcement agencies from around the country that provided at least six months of data.

FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2009

Preliminary 2009 statistics indicate that violent crime in the nation decreased 5.5 percent and property crime declined 4.9 percent when compared with data from 2008, according to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, which was released today. Data in the report came from 13,237 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 months of data in both 2008 and 2009.
Violent Crime

National Missing Children's Day 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Seattle Gang Dismantled

A young woman who was severely beaten by a Seattle gang member in his efforts to control her and to keep her making money for him through prostitution finally had enough—she reported the crime to local authorities.

That’s how our Pacific Northwest Innocence Lost Task Force got involved. From that initial complaint late in 2008, some 20 victims of sex trafficking—five of them juveniles—were rescued, and 10 members of the West Side Street Mobb gang are now behind bars.

SHAWN B. TRAVIS arrested for Chicago bank robbery


A Hammond, Indiana man was arrested early this morning after being charged with the January 2010 robbery of a Chicago bank, announced Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Michael S. Welch, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis office.

Monday, May 17, 2010

NEW VIOLENT ROBBERY INITIATIVE

Last month in Philadelphia, local police and the FBI began looking into a string of convenience store robberies that involved suspects holding store employees—and in some instances, customers—at gunpoint. One of the store clerks was pistol-whipped.
In general, violent crime is down in Philadelphia, but armed robberies of businesses—especially those committed by repeat violent offenders—remain an ongoing problem. So the FBI and our partners in the Philadelphia Police Department have teamed up in a new task force that will tackle these cases using the federal Hobbs Act.

$10,000 REWARD OFFERED IN SEARCH FOR CITIBANK BANDIT



Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual depicted in the attached bank surveillance photos, who is responsible for the robbery of eleven (11) banks in and around the downtown Chicago area since February of last year. In making this appeal, Mr. Grant announced that a reward of up to $10,000 was being offered by the FBI for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual involved.

Abdouramane S. Pare arrested in Oklahoma



OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA – James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Oklahoma, announced the arrest of Abdouramane S. Pare, 37, of Chicago, Illinois, related to a bank robbery in Niles, Illinois.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Crime alert: Wanted by FBI


Federal Narcotics Charges
Newburgh, New York
Suspect for Armored Car Robberies in Florida An unknown suspect is wanted in connection with armored car robberies in Florida.
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of and link to Liberato Jude Kenan Mohammad Jude Kenan Mohammad is wanted in North Carolina for conspiring to support terrorists.
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of and link to Liberato Cardenas-Vega Liberato Cardenas-Vega
Kidnapping
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of and link to Jose Gustavo Badillo Jose Gustavo Badillo is wanted for rape in Oklahoma.
Photograph of and link to Daniel Andrea s San Diego Juan Jose Esparragoza-Moreno is wanted on drug charges in Texas.
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Kidnapping
En Espanol
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of and link to Igor Fisherman Igor Fisherman is wanted on racketeering and fraud charges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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and l ink to Anatoli Tsoura Anatoli Tsoura is wanted on racketeering and fraud charges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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of and link to Plaurent Dervishaj Plaurent Dervishaj is wanted for being a fugitive from a foreign country.
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 and link to Andrew Tafoya Andrew Tafoya is wanted for allegedly taking a minor female across state lines in a stolen vehicle.
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 and link to Omid Tahvili Omid Tahvili is wanted on fraud charges in Los Angeles, California.

Dan Tomei investigated by the State of Illinois Securities Fraud Department

Dan Tomei, photographer, owner of Radio 27, an online Romanian radio station in Chicago and the organizer of Miss Romania USA, is under investigation by the Securities Department from the State of Illinois. The department is responsible for the regulation of the securities industry in Illinois and protection of investors by ensuring compliance with the law and investigating any complaints of fraud or improper practices.

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May 14, 2010

  1. FBI Headquarters: Annual Memorial Service Honors Fallen Special Agents

    The FBI held a memorial service to honor the 53 FBI special agents killed in the line of duty. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III and Deputy Director John S. Pistole participated in the ceremony, held each year as part of National Police Week to honor the sacrifices of the fallen special agents and their families. Full Story
  2. FBI Headquarters: FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2009

Monday, May 10, 2010

FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2009

According to preliminary statistics released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2009. Geographically, 21 of the victim officers were killed in the South, 13 in the West, seven in the Northeast, and five in the Midwest. Two officers were slain in Puerto Rico. The total number of officers killed is seven higher than in 2008.
By circumstance, 15 deaths occurred as a result of ambush situations, nine officers died during arrest situations, eight were killed while handling traffic pursuits/stops, five died responding to disturbance calls, four while investigating suspicious persons/circumstances, four during tactical situations, two while handling and transporting prisoners, and one while handling a person with a mental illness.

Friday, May 7, 2010

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending May7, 2010

  1. New York: Statement of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York on an Arrest in the Times Square Investigation

    At approximately 11:45 p.m. Monday, Faisal Shahzad was taken into custody. Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives of the New York City Police Department arrested Shahzad for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1. Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to take a flight to Dubai. Full Story

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Announce 30 Convictions, More Than $143 Million in Seizures from Initiative Targeting Traffickers in Counterfeit Network Hardware

WASHINGTON—Operation Network Raider, a domestic and international enforcement initiative targeting the illegal distribution of counterfeit network hardware manufactured in China, has resulted in 30 felony convictions and more than 700 seizures of counterfeit Cisco network hardware and labels with an estimated retail value of more than $143 million.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

JAMES W. FEDIJ arested by theFBI


Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined today by Gerald Mourning, Chief of the Arlington Heights, Illinois Police Department (AHPD) in announcing the arrest of a Hoffman Estates man for the armed robbery of five northwest suburban banks dating to April 5th of this year.
JAMES W. FEDIJ, age 29, of 4455 Shorewood Drive, was arrested Saturday morning, without incident, by officers from the AHPD outside his residence.  FEDIJ was charged in a criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago with five counts of Armed Bank Robbery, which is a felony offense.

Monday, May 3, 2010

ANOTHER PONZI CASE

He was living the high life—taking up residence in a Miami Beach mansion worth more than $5 million, cruising around in a million-dollar yacht and his leased Mercedes-Benz, shelling out more than $400,000 for floor seats at Miami Heat basketball games, and donating thousands of dollars to the athletic program of a local university (the school was so appreciative it named a student athlete lounge after him).
But it all came crashing down on Florida businessman Nevin Shapiro last month, when he was charged with orchestrating a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme involving about 60 victims throughout the United States.