Behind the Scenes with the FBI: Tonight's EXPO at UHC To Be Eye-Opening
By Julie Perine on July 30, 2012
Between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., a series of displays and information will be geared toward educating the public about what the FBI does.
Topics covered, said Co-Organizer Vesna Meinhert, include global initiatives unit, uniform crime reporting, next generation identification and national instant criminal background check system – better known as NICS.
At 5:45 p.m., a special presentation – “Case Review of the Attempted Assassination of President Reagan” - will take place.
Presenters are former FBI Assistant Director Thomas Bush and Retired FBI Special Agent Tom Baker, both who have significant links to the actual event, Meinhert explained.
“Mr. Baker was first on the scene when the attempt was made on President Reagan’s life and took over command of the crime scene. Mr. Bush was also directly involved,” she said.
But perhaps the biggest tie between John Hinckley Jr.’s March 1981 assassination attempt and the FBI CJS Division is the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, named after White House Press Secretary James S. Brady, injured in the shooting.
The act, which requires that firearm dealers perform an automated background check on prospective buyers of all rifles, shotguns or handguns, resulted in the development of the national instant criminal background check system.
There’s so much to learn about the FBI, its operations and the significance to our community, said John E. Stogran, vice president and treasurer FBI-CJIS Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, event sponsor.
“The purpose of the FBI EXPO, which is being sponsored by the FBI-CJIS Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, is to inform the community and local business leaders of the programs being operated at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), which is the largest division of the FBI,” he said. “The FBI EXPO will give our local citizens a great opportunity to get an ‘inside look’ at what the FBI does at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which employs many of our relatives, friends, neighbors and residents here in North Central West Virginia.”