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Houston’s New Top FBI Agent: We Need More Resources

Interview with the new special agent in charge of Houston’s FBI office.

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New Special Agent in Charge Perrye Turner sits down with News 88.7’s Florian Martin at the Houston FBI field office.

 

Welcome to Houston, Special Agent in Charge Turner. You probably had a lot to catch up on in the almost two months that you’re here now. Can you talk about the process of getting you up to speed?

Yes, I think the biggest part is getting around the- learning the territory, learning the employees, also, having interactions with your internal and external partners, finding a home to live in and more importantly, trying to figure out how to get to and from work.

 

Can you talk about the major crimes the FBI in Houston here is dealing with, and talk about your strategy in fighting them.

One of my goals is to enhance our handling of some of our criminal programs, especially in the areas of public corruption and drug and gang violations. And also the violent incident crimes — some of the armed business robberies. It’s something that we definitely want to try to focus on and sort of reengage in those criminal investigative programs. I would like to also try to enhance our community outreach efforts to raise awareness and educate the community on the human trafficking threat. We have finite resources and we simply can’t do that job without help from our communities, just to educate them on some of the trends, as to what to look out for on that human trafficking crime problem.

 

How would you characterize the FBI’s partnership with other Houston area law enforcement agencies?

I think that’s one of the things we do well in this area. We partner very well with local, federal and state law enforcement agencies. We have various task forces that we participate in. We work things collaboratively, and I think that’s very important. And once again, you know, we have finite resources. In order for us to adequately address a crime problem, we have to rely heavily on our partnerships, and that is being done very well here in the Houston office.

 

What would you like to have accomplished by the end of your time in Houston?

One of my goals is to make us a more effective and efficient organization. The American public pays our salaries and they expect from us to realize a return on their investment. So we have to continue to be a high-performing office. We have to continue to be a flagship office that the Houston office is. So if I can leverage my connections back at headquarters to acquire more resources, more equipment to help us do our jobs more effectively and efficiently, then I would feel like I have accomplished my mission here as the agent in charge of the Houston field office.

 

Thank you very much. I appreciate your time, sir.

 

Below is the entire conversation with Special Agent in Charge Perrye Turner 

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Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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