Director Robert S. Mueller, III today named Stephen E. Richardson special agent in charge of the FBI’s Mobile Division (see press release: Stephen E. Richardson Named Special Agent in Charge of Mobile Division http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/stephen-e.-richardson-named-special-agent-in-charge-of-mobile-division ).
Mr. Richardson began his career with the FBI as a special agent in 1996 and quickly rose through the ranks to become a major player in the bureau and Justice department.
He was been awarded both the TBI Medal of Valor and the TBI Employee of the Year awards.
According to the release, Richardson specialized in the investigation of white-collar crime, public corruption, hate crime, violent crime, bank robbery and gang matters.
Richardson is famous in the FBI for forming the first ever “organized crime task force in the Western District of Louisiana to combat the most violent criminal offenders in the region.”
His profession resume is most impressive.
In 2002 he was promoted supervisory agent of the Safe Street and Gang Unit, Criminal Investigative Division, FBIHQ.
Here Richardson went up against the notorious “gangs of Louisiana”, considered some of the most ruthless, violent and dangerous criminal organizations in the United States.
They include the crime groups “Sons of Silence, the Galloping Goose Motorcycle club, MS-13, the Mexican mafia and the Matranga” syndicate (also known as “the New Orleans crime family”).
In 2003, he was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division as a program manager, where he “supervised terrorism investigations throughout the eastern region of the United States”, according to an FBI release.
While serving with the counterterrorism division Richardson was reportedly involved in numerous terrorism investigations.
It should be noted some of these investigations, Richardson was personally involved in were believed to have disrupted and even prevented terrorist attacks against the nation.
In 2005, Richardson headed the Criminal Enterprise/Violent Crime Squad in the FBI’s Memphis Division. Here he managed operations of a special “Joint Terrorism Task Force” and helped to create a standalone cyber squad, which still operates today.
In 2009, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Richmond Division’s “Criminal, Cyber, and Administrative Programs” – another elite unit at the FBI. There Richardson was involved in numerous high profile cyber criminal investigations, leading to the arrest of many suspects.
In 2011 Richardson served as a inspector for the Office of Inspections.
The Inspection Division’s mission is to ensure compliance and facilitate the improvement of performance by providing independent, evaluative oversight of all FBI investigative and administrative operations.
In this role, he served as a member of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service in the Inspection Division.
Richardson today heads the Mobile Division, Memphis.
The Mobile Division has many specialized capabilities, including those in counterintelligence, terrorism and cyber security.
The Mobile Division is staffed by some of the most dedicated professionals in the FBI.
Specialized FBI units with the Mobile Division include:
1) The “Mobile Field Intelligence Group” (MFIG), which centralizes and spearheads the analysis and sharing of terrorism-related intelligence (and intelligence on all major threats) both inside and outside the Bureau.
2) The “Foreign Counterintelligence Squad” (FCP) that works to keep weapons of mass destruction and other embargoed technologies from falling into wrong hands, to protect secrets of the U.S. government (including the intelligence community) and critical national assets, and to help strengthen the national threat picture by proactively gathering information and intelligence.
3) The “Cyber Squad” which is tasked will investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, hostile intelligence operations carried out over the Internet, and more traditional cyber crime and fraud.
Richardson will oversee 100 special agents and support staff in the Mobile Division—including its five resident agencies in Auburn, Dothan, Monroeville, Montgomery, and Selma—work to protect communities in 36 counties in the southern half of Alabama from a full range of national security and criminal threats.
For more information about the FBI Mobile Division see website: http://www.fbi.gov/mobile