FBINAA - May 2022 catalog
Sherie Rebollo Unit Chief, FBI National Academy ACADEMY UPDATE T he FBINAA is pleased to welcome new National Academy Unit Chief, Sherie A. Rebollo , to the FBINAA family and to Quantico. As a way of introduction and to get to know UC Rebollo a little better, we thought that a Q&A article would be a good way to begin her quarterly updates to our membership. Editor In Chief: As you moved up the ranks at the FBI, who were some of your role models and why? UC Rebollo: I was fortunate to have excellent role models throughout my FBI career. My last boss, Angel Castillo , I must say, was most influential as he taught me, unbeknownst to him, how to stay calm in the middle of the storm and the virtue of communica- tion. I have always believed a leader should gain their team’s re- spect by inspiring people to be and do their best and that is exactly what he did every day. That’s what I hope to pass on to my peers. EC: Can you tell our members about your management and lead- ership style and your philosophy? UC: As a Manager, I like to take a holistic approach and view of the whole, and identify by priority, areas we could improve, enhance and/or promote, depending on the objective and its impact. As a leader, I believe in empowering individuals to take initiative and lead projects for the benefit of the Program, the team, and the overall collective end goal. I do my best to make my team feel accountable, worthy, and proud through their contributions. I believe in listening, being empathetic and understanding diverse opinions as they all provide different perspectives and approaches to situations. Through everyone’s view, the result usually is one that produces diverse and innovative ideas where we all gain and learn from. TAKING BACK POLICING Law enforcement agencies confront an array of pressures today. As we've seen, public scrutiny of their actions appears to be greater than ever before. Hiring and retaining dedicated of- ficers continues to be a challenge. Calls for budget cuts and early retirements put a financial strain on departments. But the toughest challenge may be the huge advantage that digital technology and digital devices have handed criminals. As these devices and this technology evolve, the challenge will grow tougher still. But law enforcement agencies are not helpless. Putting some strategic changes to investigative procedures and culture in place can leapfrog law enforcement agencies into a more forward-leaning mindset for thwarting crime. One obvious but important caveat: When looking for outside partners to help you integrate these changes efficiently, make sure you do your due diligence. Seek collaborators who are experts in their field and those who have verifiable experience managing data properly and scrupulously. Continued from "Winning the Tech Battle Over Criminals", on page 15
EC: Can you provide us with an overview of some of your priorities and plans at the National Academy? UC: My #1 priority is to deliver excellence in the execution of the National Academy program. The NA has historically been an outstanding course and my intention is to enhance the experience through innovative ideas and methods for an even better experi- ence. EC: Do you foresee any future changes in the format and curricu- lum in the 10-week program? UC: Certainly, the passage of time and our ever-evolving environ- ment forces us to be flexible and adapt in order to be current and innovative. We must remain flexible to adapt to future necessities, always keeping the quality and experience of the students as the primary objective. EC: What do think will be some of your biggest challenges and hurdles now that you are the Unit Chief? UC: I must admit, I have been very lucky with the team I inherited. They make my job easy. My biggest challenges are living up to their expectations and that of the NA excellence bar. Most of all, only work with partners who have as much respect for the lawful collection of data as you do. Even the smallest missteps can unleash a Twitter firestorm and set back necessary law enforcement work. Save yourself the aggravation by working with knowledgeable partners who have a demon - strated track record of integrity. No one said that making changes and fighting crime in this new digital age would be easy. But taking even a few of the steps outlined here will likely result in better policing outcomes, improved morale, expedited justice, and a chance to close the public safety gap. About the Author: Todd Adams brings 25 years of law enforcement experience to Cellebrite. He is primarily responsible for working with law enforcement and government agencies to determine how to prepare for digital policing in the future. He is also responsible for the development and delivery of technical training for Cellebrite solutions to these agencies around the world. Mr. Adams has successfully managed programs and professional services in various countries around the globe and he regularly speaks at industry conferences such as Techno Security, the Digital Forensics Conference, and other similar forums.
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