Hoeven Continues to Press FBI Director James Comey for Permanent Office in Williston

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven this week spoke with FBI Director James Comey to press again for more FBI agents in Williston on a permanent basis.

The call was a follow-up to a letter Hoeven and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem sent to Comey and Drug Enforcement Administration head Michelle Leonhart earlier this month pressing them for permanently staffed offices and an increased presence in western North Dakota in light of the regions rapid growth and rising crime rate.

“My conversation with Director Comey went very well,” Hoeven said. “He had an understanding of our needs and I hope an announcement will be forthcoming soon that the FBI is going to comply with our request for more staff and an office in Western North Dakota.”

Hoeven has been working to get more FBI and DEA agents in Williston, and recently brought together local law enforcement professionals from across western North Dakota for a roundtable discussion to push for stationing FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to the region. The senator has been making the case to enhance the agencies’ prevention and enforcement efforts by establishing offices and committing to a greater presence in the region.