From the White House
President Obama Welcomes James Comey as FBI Director
by Megan Slack
Today, President Obama welcomed James Comey to his new post as the seventh Director of the FBI. Comey previously worked as an attorney and later served as deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. At the FBI Headquarters, the President praised Comey's dedication, judgment, and commitment to the ideals of the FBI.
“Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity: That's your motto,” the President told the men and women of the FBI. “And today, we're here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day: Mr. Jim Comey.”
President Obama reiterated Comey's qualifications for the job.. “It's just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it's hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it -- traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security,” he said.
The President also said he'd keep fighting to restore FBI funding that was cut by the sequester.
The FBI joins forces with our intelligence, our military, and homeland security professionals to break up all manner of threats -- from taking down drug rings to stopping those who prey on children, to breaking up al Qaeda cells to disrupting their activities, thwarting their plots. And your mission keeps expanding because the nature of the threats are always changing.
Unfortunately, the resources allotted to that mission has been reduced by sequestration. I'll keep fighting for those resources because our country asks and expects a lot from you, and we should make sure you've got the resources you need to do the job. Especially when many of your colleagues put their lives on the line on a daily basis, all to serve and protect our fellow citizens -- the least we can do is make sure you've got the resources for it and that your operations are not disrupted because of politics in this town.
From the FBI
The Risks to the Thin Blue Line
Latest Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report Released
A Florida detective was shot and killed while investigating a residence believed to house a meth lab. An Arizona deputy sheriff lost his life responding to a burglary alarm at a business. A Washington state park ranger was shot and killed after she attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
These three law enforcement officers were among the 48 officers around the nation who died in 2012 as a result of felonious incidents in the line of duty, according to the FBI's latest Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report. All 48 officers would have undoubtedly considered their actions a part of the job. But the duties performed by these brave men and women—and others just like them—are far from routine, and this latest report continues to highlight the risks law enforcement officers face on a daily basis.
Among the report's findings:
The average age of the officers feloniously killed in action in 2012 was 38; they had an average of 12 years of service.
The victims worked in a variety of positions—many on vehicle patrol but also as detectives, officers on special assignments, undercover officers, etc.
They died in a variety of situations—arrests, traffic pursuits or stops, investigations of suspicious persons or circumstances, ambushes, tactical situations, disturbance calls, and more.
Six of the slain officers were off-duty but felt duty-bound to intercede and were acting in an official capacity at the time of the incidents.
Of the 48 officers killed, 44 were killed with firearms.
Our latest LEOKA report also provides information on another 47 officers who died during 2012 as a result of accidents sustained in the line of duty and on the 52,901 law enforcement officers assaulted in the line of duty.
LEOKA's overall goal is to reduce law enforcement deaths and assaults. By providing agencies with detailed descriptions of circumstances leading to officer fatalities and injuries every year, police training programs can be continuously enhanced to help officers stay safe during similar situations.
Beyond publishing the LEOKA report, the FBI has other initiatives that are designed to help protect law enforcement. For example:
Our LEOKA program also offers an officer safety awareness training course that provides potentially life-saving information to help law enforcement personnel improve their situational awareness during activities like arrests, traffic stops, foot pursuits, ambushes, and other high-risk encounters.
The FBI Academy's one-week Law Enforcement Training for Safety and Survival program is designed to give participants the skills and mindset required to identify and handle critical situations in high-risk environments. Topics include arrest planning, ballistic shield deployment, low light operations, felony vehicle stops, and basic survival techniques.
Our National Crime Information Center (NCIC)—accessed by more than 92,000 agencies—added a Violent Persons File in 2012 that can help officers quickly determine if, during a routine traffic stop or another type of encounter, they come across an individual who has a violent criminal history or who has previously threatened law enforcement.
Law enforcement will always be a dangerous profession, but enhanced training and awareness will better protect those who join its ranks.