Director Comey’s next stop was Williston, the site of the first new FBI Resident Agent office in the U.S. in 30 years.
The new operation will house three full-time, permanent FBI agents who will work with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on things like drug investigations, internet crimes, and human trafficking.
Comey said the spacious office located just north of the Williston Airport will allow the FBI to develop and pursue investigations in the region.
(James Comey, FBI Director) “It was built big enough to accomodate the task forces we need to keep this community safe. We already have had discussions with our partners at DHS, at AFT, at DEA, of all of us sitting together, trying to make the cases this community needs to make.”
Comey says he thinks that will allow more than double the current workload in northwestern North Dakota for the FBI.
North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer was among the officials helping open the FBI office.
He said the director’s presence made a big statement.
(Rep. Kevin Cramer, (R) ND) “Mr. Director, we could have had a really nice ribbon cutting here with a lot of good people and it would have been a big deal. But your being here is the real testimony to the importance of it.”
Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say the effort to win an FBI office for Williston began about three years ago and was made official by Director Comey’s announcment of plans for the office in 2014.
Later in our Eye on Energy, we’ll talk with a law enforcement officer in the middle of the Bakken about what the FBI presence means to people in western North Dakota.