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FBI Adding A Dozen Agents To Cincinnati Office

The 12 agents will be phased in gradually as agents retire from other offices.
Ann Thompson
The 12 agents will be phased in gradually as agents retire from other offices.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken a hard look at its 56 local field offices and determined that the Cincinnati Division needs 12 more agents. The new special agent in charge says that's a generous amount and it will happen gradually.

Chris Hoffman says he wants to be smart about where the agents are assigned. "Cyber is a big push for us. It affects every investigation, whether it's gangs, counterintelligence or counterterrorism." Hoffman says all terrorists and spies are using encryption, social media and cyber technology.

When the FBI can't crack the encryption, there will be other agents using human intelligence "to tell us what is happening," he adds.

During a media roundtable Thursday Hoffman told reporters, "We're really happy about it. And actually, I talked to the deputy director before I came out and he said, 'Truth be known, Cincinnati could probably use more.' "

Hoffman says he's encouraged that the FBI took a hard look at all the field offices and how the agents are assigned.

The Cincinnati Division covers all of central and southern Ohio.

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With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.