FBI Director in Williston for official opening of resident agency

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FBI Director James Comey was in Williston June 6 to officially open up the new FBI resident agency.

It took more than thirty years, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation has finally built a new resident agency.

“It’s an exciting day for all of us who care about doing good for the community that we live in and serve," says Comey.

FBI Director James Comey was joined by leaders from all levels of government to cut the ribbon for the new facility that actually opened last month.

“We appreciate law enforcement and we thank you for what you do," says Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

The major reasons for the facility were growth, economic activity and increase in crime.

“This was not a small ask. This was a big ask and he came through," says Hoeven.

The office will house three agents and the federal agency is looking forward to adding other departments.

“This building is big enough to accommodate the task force we need to keep this community safe. We already have had discussions with our partners at DHS, ATF, and DEA about all of us sitting together to try to make cases this community needs us to make,” says Comey.

Earlier in the day, Comey and the congressional delegation were in New Town. Comey said the additional three agents and support staff assigned to Williston should free up other FBI resources to focus more on Fort Berthold.

“We are all in this together, all of us. Nobody is an island and the one thing that we know and one thing I know, is no one does law enforcement collaboration better than the State of North Dakota," says Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

With crime increasing, local officials say, more resources for law enforcement is just what the doctor ordered.

The FBI's Williston office will be the fifth in the state. The bureau already has offices in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot.