Regional FBI chief talks about Guam's agent expansion - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Regional FBI chief talks about Guam's agent expansion

Posted: Updated:

In a rare media opportunity, the head of the FBI's Honolulu district office, which also oversees Guam, met with local reporters Thursday. There is a growing presence of special agents here, but the FBI says it's not necessarily tied to an increase in crime or security threats.

Special Agent in Charge Paul Delacourt could not discuss specific cases, but says the FBI's role is to get out in front of potential threats, saying, "We look at serious national security threats, and we look at serious criminal threats, that would be public corruption and major fraud, as well as working with our partners on major drug crimes."

He added, "We're very concerned about the opioid epidemic that's plaguing the mainland now, and is beginning to show up on pacific islands. Of course we're concerned about methamphetamine importation."

The FBI is also the lead law enforcement agency in the war on terror, and  Delacourt says the battle has changed since the days of the 9/11 attacks. "We're looking at online radicalization, folks that are spending hours in their basements looking at Jihadi videos. ISIS has posed a different threat than Al Qaeda before it did."

Delacourt would not discuss numbers, but says there are more agents here than ever before, but that's due to organic growth, as the bureau restocks from prior deep personnel cuts. He says the FBI also likes that its workforce reflects the communities it serve, noting, "We do recruiting events here in Guam, we do them in Hawaii, we do them across the country, we're very interested in identifying candidates from across the spectrum."

Delacourt moves soon to the Los Angeles FBI office, where he will be the new chief of the most populated district, with 19 million residents.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Outback Steakhouse staffers feed homeless in Dededo

    Outback Steakhouse staffers feed homeless in Dededo

    On Monday our friends over at Outback Steakhouse volunteered their time and food to feed the homeless at the Dededo Mayor's Office. They grilled on site and fed over 70 individuals who came out to enjoy some good old fashioned barbecue, Outback style! Outback Steakhouse is closed temporarily for a major remodel and renovations. It is expected to re-open in early December. The renovation is part of their 20th Anniversary activities and while renovations are under way, the team have b...More >>
    On Monday our friends over at Outback Steakhouse volunteered their time and food to feed the homeless at the Dededo Mayor's Office. They grilled on site and fed over 70 individuals who came out to enjoy some good old fashioned barbecue, Outback style! Outback Steakhouse is closed temporarily for a major remodel and renovations. It is expected to re-open in early December. The renovation is part of their 20th Anniversary activities and while renovations are under way, the team have b...More >>
  • Mark Charfauros informed of slight delay in his trial

    Mark Charfauros informed of slight delay in his trial

    Will he make his comeback to the Guam Police Department? He'll need to have his case settled in the courts before the Civil Service Commission will entertain his termination appeal. Former police colonel Mark Charfauros appeared in court on Tuesday. There he was advised there would be a slight delay to his February trial. When asked if parties would reach a resolution instead of going to trial, defense attorney Randy Cunliffe stated "I doubt it." Trial is now scheduled ...More >>
    Will he make his comeback to the Guam Police Department? He'll need to have his case settled in the courts before the Civil Service Commission will entertain his termination appeal. Former police colonel Mark Charfauros appeared in court on Tuesday. There he was advised there would be a slight delay to his February trial. When asked if parties would reach a resolution instead of going to trial, defense attorney Randy Cunliffe stated "I doubt it." Trial is now scheduled ...More >>
  • Chief judge dismisses case against GEB members

    Chief judge dismisses case against GEB members

    It's official. In an order issued this week, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood dismissed with prejudice the case against two Guam Education Board members in their individual capacities. They are Rosie Tainatongo and Jose Cruz, both of whom resolved their issues with Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez. If you recall, Fernandez filed a $7 million lawsuit in the federal court after the board terminated his contract. No action was taken for the remaining GEB membe...More >>
    It's official. In an order issued this week, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood dismissed with prejudice the case against two Guam Education Board members in their individual capacities. They are Rosie Tainatongo and Jose Cruz, both of whom resolved their issues with Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez. If you recall, Fernandez filed a $7 million lawsuit in the federal court after the board terminated his contract. No action was taken for the remaining GEB membe...More >>
Powered by Frankly