Earlier this month, Kathryn Peterson, Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office was the guest speaker for the February Women’s Coffee at Epworth Villa. Women’s Coffee leader, Sonie Liebler welcomed the guests. Resident, Marilyn Williams gave a brief devotion and offered the opening prayer. She gave thanks for the FBI and those who protect us. She prayed for the protection of those who protect us and their families.
Peterson told the group of her journey to her current position She also talked about how devoted her employees and agents are, and how they worked and did not get paid during the most recent government shutdown. Peterson also spoke to the fact that government agencies work together so much more now than they have in the past.
She touched on the fact that the FBI faces challenges with technology and encrypted communication. The legalities that prohibit gaining useful information has been a stumbling block.
Increased outreach and work with the private sector has increased at the FBI. Partnerships with the community have proven to be beneficial in an effort to serve all.
Peterson spoke of recruiting new agents. She suggested that the FBI is a calling – not just a job!