By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
A Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy has been assigned full-time to the London Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) Office, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.
“I am very pleased to announce that Captain James Greg Pace has been assigned full-time to the London, Kentucky F.B.I office; I think it’s great,” Harrell said, adding that Pace was happy about the assignment as well.
Captain Pace’s duties will consist of investigations pertaining to the corruption of public officials, organized crime and drug trafficking in Southeastern Kentucky, according to Harrell.
“Greg is great at that kind of stuff. It’s a lot of leg work and intense investigation; he really excels at that,” Harrell said.
Pace has been a member of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department since Jan. 2, 2011 and served as a Kentucky State Trooper for over 20 years before retiring from the state police in 2010. While working for the state police, Pace was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Special Investigations Unit. From 2005 until 2006, Pace was also a member of the F.B.I. Task Force, so he is no stranger to this kind of work.
“Since he did it so much in the past, he said it is just like going home,” Harrell said, adding that Pace told him he hopes to be able to make a difference in the area.
“They do a tremendous amount of investigation and Captain Pace is articulate. His reports are immaculate and the F.B.I. demands this,” Harrell said.
The F.B.I. contacted the sheriff’s department and asked if Pace would be interested in the assignment, according to Harrell.
“It’s a unique situation; they knew what Captain Pace could do since he was assigned to the task force before,” Harrell said, adding that it showed the “brotherhood” between law enforcement.
“This is a compliment to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and Captain Pace to be asked to join this elite group of investigators, this shows the trust and relationship the F.B.I. has in the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office,” Harrell said.
Due to media constraints imposed by the F.B.I., Pace was unavailable for comment or picture.
By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
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