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New FBI Special Agent in Charge in Detroit: The public is instrumental in the work we do every day

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Posted at 6:46 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 12:05:09-05

(WXY) — The FBI relies on their partnerships and their relationship with the public when it comes to tracking down leads and getting things done.

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Timothy Waters, the new FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office, said normal citizens are instrumental in the work they do every day.

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According to Waters, 50% of the domestic terrorism cases that they open up in the FBI come as a direct result of leads from the public.

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Waters said the FBI's mission is two-fold: "One, to protect the United States people, and two, to protect the Constitution of the United States," he said. "We do that in large part with the help and assistance of the public, and we continue to need that help."

According to Waters, anyone who is concerned about anybody can always pick up the phone and call them at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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"We'll take tips every day, run those down, and really, we need that," he said.