Responding to crime, FBI opens Calverton office

March 15, 1996|By Scott Higham | Scott Higham,SUN STAFF

Responding to rising crime in the Washington suburbs, the FBI will formally open a field office in Calverton today, adding more agents and squads to investigate everything from bank robberies to organized crime.

"There are new levels of violence," said Timothy P. McNally, the special agent in charge of the FBI in Maryland and Delaware. "We needed to increase our presence."

Called the Maryland Metropolitan Office, the new FBI division will combine two smaller field posts that operated out of Hyattsville and Silver Spring. A dozen more agents will be assigned to the office, increasing the number of FBI agents and employees in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to more than 100.

The new office is patterned after the FBI's division in Baltimore. Both will have about the same number of agents. Both are organized into squads to investigate street violence and drug trafficking, white collar crime and public corruption, fugitive cases and kidnappings, extortion and espionage.

"This will allow us to address the emerging crime problems in a more effective and expeditious manner," said Kevin L. Stafford, a senior FBI agent who will supervise the new Calverton office.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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