Retired FBI agent responds to article
I was deeply frustrated to read the recount of my speech before the Center for Lifelong Learning on October 2, 2013 (Retired FBI Agent Separates Fact from Fiction). Because of the serious issues and emotional responses this story raises, I am compelled to correct the inaccuracies attributed by the Pioneer to me:
The FBI does not administer law enforcement on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. This job is aptly handled by the Red Lake Band itself. The FBI, as I stressed, works in partnership with the Red Lake Police Department.
The Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force is composed of state, local and tribal officers who are federally deputized as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals and Federal agents from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The term "Indian Country" is a definition used in the Federal courts in issues involving government to government relations between the tribes and the US. It does not just apply to Red Lake.
All positions in the FBI are important, not just the investigators and analysts. The FBI has not learned a lot from the CIA since 9/11, but was influenced by that agency in regards to the oversight and management of cases, particularly terrorism and national security cases. The FBI requires a four year college degree for its agents.
The use of DNA typing in criminal forensics has added greatly to the ability of investigators to uncover the truth. But fingerprint technology is not "almost obsolete" and remains to this day the most solid form of identification.
And personally, and least important, my name is Egelhof, not Engelhof, and prior to my art education I was a police science major, not a law student.
John Patrick Egelhof