CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The head of the FBI stopped by Hampton Roads Wednesday to meet with local officials and address the media at the new FBI facility in Chesapeake.
James Comey became the FBI director in September. 10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly was at the Norfolk FBI office (located in Chesapeake) as he took questions from the press Wednesday.
Comey said the visit was also an opportunity to learn more about the needs of local law enforcement.
“I’m here because I wanted to visit my folks here, because I believe the FBI is a deployed army, and it’s important for a new director to come see my troops, to ask them, what are they worried about, what do they need me to worry about,” Comey said.
Comey also talked about how budget cuts have affected the FBI. He said cuts have forced the agency to eliminate positions across the country, but he was excited about the possibility of Congress reaching an agreement on a new budget plan.
“The impact on a place like the Norfolk division was, when there’s a vacancy, they can’t replace that person, so they lose support staff. They lose agent resources. They lose the folks that we use to get the job done,” Comey said.
He said the agency’s priority is counter terrorism and fighting homegrown violent extremists. He also discussed the role of citizens in preventing active shooter scenarios.
Comey has worked in the Eastern District’s U.S. Attorney’s Office and is a College of William & Mary graduate.