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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.


John Dowdy Jr. Named Court Appointed U.S. Atty in Mississippi

John Dowdy/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

John M. Dowdy Jr., who has been the acting first assistant U.S. Attorney for the past year, is now the court-appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

He replaces Donald R. Burkhalter, who retired this month.

Dowdy was appointed by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. Dowdy, a veteran federal prosecutor who has been with the office since 1988, had previously served as chief of the criminal division since 2004. He will likely serve as U.S. Attorney until president Obama appoints someone to the post.

Diego Rodriguez Named NY SAC for Criminal Division

Rodriguez Diego/fbi photo

Rodriguez Diego/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Native New Yorker Diego Rodriguez is leaving the mothership at FBI headquarters to return home as special agent in charge of the criminal division in New York, the agency announced Thursday.

Rodriguez, the section chief of the Domain and Collection Management Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters, started his FBI career in 1990 in New York.

He was a member of the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, which was responsible for investigations involving South American and Mexican drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, the FBI said.

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