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Most Wanted: FBI lecture at UMKC

Hunting for bank robbers, finding fugitives and solving kidnapping cases. It sounds like the plot of a thrilling crime novel, but for employees of the FBI Violent Crime Squad, it’s an everyday reality.

The FBI hosted the second session of its student academy at the Student Union Tuesday. Supervisory Special Agent Ryan Blay gave a presentation to students about some of the duties of the FBI Violent Crime Squad.

“These violations—violent crime violations—probably affect our local community the most,” Blay said.

Blay delved into a few of the crimes that fall under the violent crimes spectrum. He used real-life examples, such as an unsolved robbery case at First National Bank, and asked students what the FBI might do to solve these cases.

Hands flew into the air, with students suggesting “fingerprinting” and “checking for DNA” as possible solutions.

“This is a great opportunity for students attending the event to learn, not only about the FBI but law enforcement,” stated Public Affairs Specialist Bridget Patton.

Patton said students can get a better understanding of what the FBI can investigate.

The event is especially important here, as violent crimes have increased in Kansas City over the past few years. In fact, Kansas City’s per capita crime rate is one of the highest in the country, ranking higher than Chicago.

“I think it’s important for the people in the community to realize that our law enforcement: federal law enforcement, state law enforcement and local law enforcement, are all working together in unison to combat this problem,” Blay said.

The next FBI Academy, which will go over Technology and Cyber Crimes, is scheduled for Oct. 23.

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