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Thomas Relford Named Special Agent in Charge of Albany Field Office

Special Agent Thomas Relford.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Thomas Relford, who had been serving as an inspector at FBI headquarters, has been tapped as special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office in New York.

Relford joined the bureau as a special agent in 1996 at the New Orleans Field Office, investigating criminal and counterterrorism cases. In 2005, he was promoted to supervisor of the Baton Rouge Resident Agency in Louisiana, overseeing investigative programs.

In 2008, Relford became the legal attaché in Dakar, Senegal, where he oversaw investigations in 11 Western and Central African countries and served as FBI liaison to local law enforcement and government agencies. In 2010, he went to Nairobi, Kenya, to serve as legal attaché for three years. Relford was responsible for the oversight and investigative programs in five countries, including the probe into the 2010 World Cup bombing in Kampala, Uganda.

In 2013, Relford was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office, where he was in charge of the National Security Branch. In 2015, he led the Criminal and Administrative Branch. He was promoted in 2018 to inspector in the Inspector Division at headquarters, where he inspected investigative and administrative programs of the bureau nationwide.

Before the FBI, Relford served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for four years and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Public Administration from Troy University.

Homeland Security Officer Charged with Kicking Cuffed Suspect in Head

Surveillance of incident.

Surveillance of incident.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security officer has been indicted on charges of kicking a handcuffed man in the head outside of a federal building in Pomona, Calif.

Jason Rouswell, 45, is accused of violating the civil rights of the handcuffed suspect during an October 2016 incident, the Los Angeles Times reports, citing the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. 

Rouswell, who is an inspector with the Federal Protective Services, is accused of kicking a man who was lying face down in the street after he was detained and shackled outside the Social Security Administration building.

According to a video of the assault, the suspect appeared to be cooperating with authorities.

Rouswell is expected to turn himself in on Wednesday. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

TSA Inspector Helps Save Drive from Car Before It Bust into Flames in Michigan

tsa_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA inspector was driving by an accident scene when she spotted a car leaking gasoline.

Amy Jishi made the discovery while leaving work at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Fox2 reports. 

As the car began to burn, Jishi realized the driver was stuck in the car and couldn’t open the car. Before the car bust into flames, Jishi finally was able to help the driver escape the car.

“It never expected to see something like that,” Jishi said. “But when I saw the accident the only thought that went through my mind was to help them.”

The TSA expressed pride.

“We are all proud of Amy’s quick decision making and selfless actions,” said TSA Federal Security Director Steve Lorincz. “She represents the type of dedication and service that TSA strives to deliver.”

Other Stories of Interest

Aaron Ford to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

Aaron Ford/fbi photo

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Aaron T. Ford, an inspector at FBI headquarters, who has a law degree from Rutgers, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis Division.

As inspector, he oversaw field office and headquaters inspections, shooting incident review teams, audits, and special inquiries.

Ford began his career with the FBI in August 1985 and was first assigned to the St. Louis Division, where he worked violent crime and organized crime matters. He was also a SWAT team member.

In June 1989, he moved east to the Newark Division where he served as a team leader on the SWAT team. In August of that year, he was promoted to supervisory special agent on a drug squad.

Two years later, in January 2000, he became a supervisor for the public corruption/civil rights squad. In August 2005, he was assigned as supervisory special resident agent of the Red Bank , N.J. Resident Agency.

He returned to the mothership at headquarters in February 2006, as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

The following year, he returned to Newark as an assistant special agent in charge.