Every year, our Criminal Justice Information Services Division gives its Latent Hit of the Year Award to latent print examiners and/or law enforcement officers who solve a major violent crime using ...
Latent Hit of the Year Award: Massachusetts Examiner Honored
|The latent print on the left was taken from a television set found at a crime scene in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1983. The fingerprint on the right from IAFIS was matched to the latent print by an examiner with the Massachusetts State Police.|
Every year, our Criminal Justice Information Services Division gives its Latent Hit of the Year Award to latent print examiners and/or law enforcement officers who solve a major violent crime using the Bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS.
This year, we honor Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Trooper Christopher Dolan, a latent print examiner in the MSP’s Crime Scene Services Section, for the role he played in identifying the killer in a 1983 cold case.
The FBI Latent Hit of the Year award was created in response to a request from the local and state law enforcement community for more details on major violent crime cases solved with the assistance of IAFIS. The award, which goes to an outstanding latent examiner or officer who worked the case, is presented annually at the International Association for Identification conference.
Top Ten Fugitive Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara was returned to Lake Charles, Louisiana, this morning following his surrender to authorities in Mexico. Guevara has been the subject of a manhunt since ...
FBI Top Ten Fugitive Returned to U.S.
Top Ten Fugitive Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara was returned to Lake Charles, Louisiana, this morning following his surrender to authorities in Mexico. Guevara has been the subject of a manhunt since 2008, when he allegedly murdered a 26-year-old woman in the presence of her 4-year-old stepson.
“This fugitive investigation and extradition could not have been possible without the tremendous cooperation and collaboration of federal, state, local, and international law enforcement partners,” stated Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI New Orleans.
Accompanied by FBI agents, Guevara arrived on U.S. soil yesterday and was transported to the local authorities in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for processing. He will now await arraignment on state charges.
Guevara was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on Monday, June 17, 2013. The list was established in 1950 and Guevara was the 499th addition. Of the 502 fugitives appearing on the list, 471 have been apprehended or located, 156 which were a result of citizen cooperation.
The Central American Community Impact Exchange program (CACIE) recently conducted a training class for law enforcement and community leaders from six Central American countries and the U.S. aimed at ...
The Transnational Gang Threat, Part 4
|CACIE participant Luis Ramirez, a National Civilian Police officer in Guatemala, said his department has placed a new emphasis on community-based policing. “We want to change the culture in these dangerous neighborhoods.”|
The Central American Community Impact Exchange program (CACIE) recently conducted a training class for law enforcement and community leaders from six Central American countries and the U.S. aimed at exposing participants to community-based prevention programs that work so they might be implemented in other places. That deterrence approach—keeping young people from being recruited by gangs—is a fundamental goal of CACIE.
Although not technically members of the Central American Community Impact Exchange program (CACIE), the four interpreters from our Language Services Section who recently took part in the two-week ...
The Transnational Gang Threat, Part 3
|Martha Anta (right), a linguist in our San Antonio Field Office, interprets for the Spanish-speaking CACIE participants who did not speak English.|
Although not technically members of the Central American Community Impact Exchange program (CACIE), the four interpreters from our Language Services Section who recently took part in the two-week session were instrumental to the group’s success, ensuring that the police officers, pastors, social workers, and community activists from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, and the U.S. were all on the same page.
A fundamental goal of CACIE is to facilitate an international coalition between law enforcement and communities to fight violent transnational gangs like MS-13 and 18th Street. The ability for partners from different countries to communicate—to share information and ideas—is central to that goal.
Our series continues on the Central American Community Impact Exchange (CACIE) program, which aims to bring law enforcement and community groups together to develop programs that keep youths from ...
The Transnational Gang Threat, Part 2
Our series continues on the Central American Community Impact Exchange (CACIE) program, which aims to bring law enforcement and community groups together to develop programs that keep youths from being recruited by gangs. For that concept to work, the 22 CACIE participants from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, and the U.S must develop strong relationships so that when the two-week class is completed, lasting partnerships can be formed.
FBI.gov recently accompanied a group of 22 community leaders and law enforcement officers from the U.S. and six Central American countries as they took part in CACIE—the Central American Community ...
The Transnational Gang Threat, Part 1
|CACIE participants from Guatemala listen to a translation of events at the start of the two-week training program.|
FBI.gov recently accompanied a group of 22 community leaders and law enforcement officers from the U.S. and six Central American countries as they took part in CACIE—the Central American Community Impact Exchange program—an innovative training program whose mission is to deter young people from joining violent transnational gangs. During the program, participants spent time in Washington, D.C.; at the FBI’s training facility in Quantico, Virgina; in Durham, North Carolina; and in Guatemala.
A half-century after the tumultuous Freedom Summer of 1964, we look back at history and circumstances that led to the creation of our Jackson Field Office, which has played a vital role in the ...
A Byte Out of History: 50th Anniversary of the FBI’s Jackson Field Office
|Director Hoover greets Jackson Police Department Chief W.D. Rayfield (left) and Jackson Mayor Allen C. Thompson (right) in the newly opened Jackson FBI Field Office on July 10, 1964.|
Fifty years ago this summer, Mississippi was at the front and center of our country’s civil rights struggles, with cases such as the June 21, 1964 disappearance of three civil rights workers becoming issues of national concern. Less than two weeks later—and in response to that tragic event—the FBI opened its Jackson Field Office.
FBI Assistant Director Joseph Demarest testified before a Senate subcommittee today on cyber criminal threats and the FBI’s progress on campaigns to disrupt and disable significant botnets.
FBI Cyber Executive Briefs Congress on Joint Efforts to Bust Botnets
FBI Assistant Director Joseph Demarest testified before a Senate subcommittee today on cyber criminal threats and the FBI’s progress on campaigns to disrupt and disable significant botnets (robot networks). Demarest, who said that the use of botnets is on the rise, explained that they can be used in organized criminal activity, for covert intelligence collection, to attack Internet-connected critical infrastructure, and as weapons in ideology campaigns to instigate fear, intimidation, or public embarrassment.
Demarest highlighted the Bureau’s Operation Clean Slate, an aggressive approach to disrupt and dismantle the most significant botnets threatening the U.S. economy and our national security by targeting the criminal coders who create them. This initiative, according to Demarest, incorporates various entities, including the FBI and our federal partners, international partners, major Internet service providers, the U.S. financial sector, and other private sector cyber stakeholders. He also discussed several recent successes in combating the botnet threat, including actions taken against the Citadel botnet—responsible for the loss of more than a half-billion dollars—and the GameOver Zeus botnet—believed to be responsible for millions of dollars of losses.
Testifying alongside Demarest at the hearing was Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, newly confirmed head of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.
A key player in a high-stakes dog fighting and gambling enterprise based in Alabama with activities spanning several nearby states recently pled guilty in the case; nine others have also admitted ...
Dog Fighting Ringleader Pleads Guilty
A key player in a high-stakes dog fighting and gambling enterprise based in Alabama with activities spanning several nearby states recently pled guilty in the case; nine others have also admitted guilt. The takedown of the criminal enterprise resulted in the rescue of 367 dogs.
A ceremony held at FBI Jackson Headquarters today recognized the contributions the division has made in the 50 years since Director J. Edgar Hoover traveled to Mississippi to open the office on July ...
FBI Jackson Division Celebrates 50th Anniversary
|Director Comey speaks in a video message shown at an event commemorating the opening of the FBI's Jackson Division 50 years ago. Transcript | Download|
The Freedom Summer of 1964 was the crux of a tumultuous time in America’s history, and much of the civil rights-related struggle was happening in Mississippi. The disappearance of three civil rights workers in a case that came to be known as Mississippi Burning garnered national attention, and the FBI did not turn a blind eye.
On July 10, 1964, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover personally traveled to Mississippi to re-open the FBI’s Jackson Field Office, which had been closed since 1946, to search for the missing civil rights workers and to more effectively address the increasing civil rights conflict within the state.
|FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover speaks at the opening of the Jackson Division on July 10, 1964 as newly minted Jackson Special Agent in Charge Roy K. Moore (far left) and trusted Hoover adviser Special Agent Cartha "Deke" DeLoach look on.|
A half-century later, we recognize the Jackson Field Office for the pivotal role it has played over the years. At a ceremony held at the Jackson Division’s headquarters today, FBI and state officials joined civil rights era figures, FBI employees, law enforcement partners, and others to celebrate the occasion.
“Today, we mark more than just a 50-year anniversary,” said FBI Director James Comey in a video message for the event. “We honor an office that opened during some of the darkest times in our country’s history. We recognize agents who bore a heavy responsibility—agents who lived up to that responsibility for every citizen, of every color.”
FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano, who spoke at the ceremony, expounded on this sentiment. “As we mark the anniversary of the Jackson Division, and of the Freedom Summer, we must recognize every single person who marched for freedom, even at great risk to their own safety,” he said. “Every person who took important and meaningful steps, both large and small, toward liberty and justice for all.”
|FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano speaks at the Jackson 50th anniversary ceremony. Seated on stage (from left) are Tony Yarber, mayor of Jackson; Reverend James Young, mayor of Philadelphia, Mississippi; Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers; Dr. David Ard, FBI chaplain; Dr. Sid Bondurant, legislative liaison and policy adviser to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant; Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood; former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter; and FBI Jackson Division retired Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen. | High-res image|
The concept of liberty and justice for all is of utmost importance to the Bureau. “That is what the Jackson office stands for,” Giuliano added. “It is what the FBI stands for. And we are proud to be part of America’s history—and its future.”
Check back next week for an in-depth article reflecting on the historical circumstances that led to the opening of the Jackson office in 1964 and on how that office has—from the beginning—played a vital role in the FBI’s civil rights program.