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Community Members See What It's Like to be an FBI Agent

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - From taking gangs off the streets to investigating crimes, the FBI office in Midland sees it all.

On Friday, members from the community got some hands-on experience at what it's like to be in their shoes.

They're not as visible as other law enforcement agencies.

"We cover 29,000 square miles and I have approximately 10 agents," Troy Murdoch, Supervisory Sr. Resident Agent with the Midland FBI, said.

However, the FBI office in Midland is actively working with local agencies to keep you safe.

"Criminals that are doing these types of things don't really care if it's a federal crime or a state crime or a felony or whatever the issue is so we try to work together and try to bring the best tools to bear against that," Doug Lindquist, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI office in El Paso, said.

Between gang takedowns, drug busts and sex trafficking stings, agents are always on the go.

"Extremely busy, we're running all over Midland, all over Odessa," Murdoch said.

The FBI held their annual Community Relations Executive Seminar Training Day to show a little of what they do.

"The stuff you see on TV touches on some of that but it's not realistic so we wanted to give everybody a hands-on opportunity to see how intricate and detailed that information can be," Lindquist said.

Participants did live firearms training, evidence recovery like fingerprints and even a shooting simulator.

Agents said it's about as close to real life as you can get.

"You have to make a split-second decision as to whether or not to pull that trigger," Murdoch said.

"It kind of puts you in the shoes of an FBI agent or local law enforcement officer to find out how quickly a situation can escalate," Lindquist said.

The main purpose of the event is to open the door of communication between the FBI and the community. Agents said the public is one of their biggest allies.

"It's those tips that sometimes lead to major investigations that impact the community," Murdoch said.

It was a tip from someone in the community that sparked the Midland mortgage fraud investigation.

"At the end of the day, we need the public's help to do our jobs effectively," Lindquist said.

Presentations the day before also showed the reality of the crimes the FBI deals with.

Agents hope it's a learning experience for everyone.

"If one of these community members that are here can impact somebody's life and keep them from going down that track then we've completed our mission," Murdoch said.

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