Last night, your TV series showcased the dedicated work of the FBI and its Crimes Against Children investigative program.
The three-hour FBIs crossover night was thrilling! The pulled-from-the-headlines premise of a multi-team FBI investigation of a Jeffrey Epstein-like monster highlighted the FBI’s dedication to fighting child sexual exploitation in a way no Senate hearing statement from FBI Director Chris Wray could.
Did the plotlines and characters follow Bureau policy and procedures for interview protocols, search warrants, arrest plans and scenario, crime scene preservation, and local and international jurisdiction?
But that’s not the point.
Millions of viewers witnessed their favorite FBI TV heroes’ unwavering and far-reaching investigative efforts in the pursuit of justice.
After weeks of deservedly taking it on the chin for the indefensible actions of two managers who failed to protect USA gymnasts from sexual abuse, this tragedy will forever cement in the forefront of the FBI’s collective mind that we must always protect the most vulnerable.
Earlier this year, two veteran agents, Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were killed in the line of duty and three other agents were wounded while executing a federal court-ordered search warrant in a crimes against children investigation in Sunrise, Florida. Their ultimate sacrifice serves as proof of the FBI’s commitment to this valuable program.
The public perception of the FBI is crucial to its mission.
CBS’s FBI, Most Wanted, and FBI International trifecta of shows, with FBI characters who have flaws, but are brave, determined, and emotionally invested in their work, is a needed boost to the FBI’s brand and reputation.