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Interview: FBI Veteran April Brooks Has History of Cracking Down on Crime

April Brooks

Steve Neavling

April Brooks, the new head of the FBI’s criminal division in New York, seems to have done it all.

The first woman to run New York’s criminal division, the 45-year-old helped track down sex offenders and murders, crack down on dangerous gangs and go after corrupt officials, Reuters reports.

“This is just my characterization, but gangs in L.A. are about profit, about dope, about entrepreneurial endeavors,” Brooks told Reuters. “They acquire assets — cars and houses. The violence in Baltimore, much like it is to some extent in New York, is all about turf and territory and supremacy versus money-making.”

An Oklahoma native, Brooks joined the FBI in 1990 when she was 22 and last month was named head of the New York office.


April Brooks First Woman to Head FBI’s New York Criminal Division

April Brooks

Steve Neavling

April Brooks will become the first woman to head the criminal division of the FBI’s New York office, Business Week reports.

FBI DIrector Robert Mueller named Brooks, 45, as special agent in charge of the office’s criminal division, which has handled terrorism and insider-trading cases.

Brooks replaces Diego Rodriguez, who was promoted to head the Dallas office in June, according to Business Week.

Brooks, who has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oklahoma Baptist University, began her career as an agent in the Los Angeles office in 1990 and has investigated white-collar crime, drugs and violence.

April Brooks Named Head of Criminal Division in NY

April Brooks

By Allan Lengel

April Brooks, whose career  included investigations into  children-related crimes  and the mysterious death of a Baltimore federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna in 2003, has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in the FBI’s very busy New York Division.

Brooks, special assistant to the executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch, began her career with the FBI in 1990 in Los Angeles.

In September 2000, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Crimes Against Children Unit at FBI Headquarters. In this role, she oversaw the Innocent Images National Initiative as well as child abductions and international parental kidnapping investigations, the FBI said.

In December 2002, she was reassigned to the newly established Cyber Division to continue oversight of the Innocent Images National Initiative.

In 2003, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Baltimore Division in September 2003. In January 2004, she was named the supervisor responsible fo the probe into the death of  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon Luna of Baltimore. District of Maryland. He was in shallow water with several shallow stab wounds in rural Pennsylvania in December 2003. The case was never resolved, but the FBI theorized that the wounds were self-inflicted and he committed suicide.

In August 2007, Brooks was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence, Counterterrorism, and Special Operations Programs in the Baltimore Division. In January 2008, she was selected to oversee the Intelligence Branch, including the HUMINT, Foreign Language, and Applicant Programs, along with the division’s cross-programmatic capabilities.

In February 2010,  Brooks was promoted into the Senior Executive Service as an inspector in the Inspection Division. In 2012, she was named special assistant to the executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch.