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‘A great honor’

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Ex-CIA director praises chief’s efforts to keep nation safe

By BEN CARLSON

 Lawrenceburg Police Chief Bryan Taylor on Monday became only the second person in the nation to be honored by the National Background Investigations Bureau for his willingness to cooperate and provide information that helps keep America safe.

The award included a letter signed by Charles S. Phalen Jr., the former CIA director who now directs the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

“You have been instrumental in our efforts at outreach and in forming a joint effort to educate local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies throughout the Kentucky,” Phalen said in the letter.

Mayor Troy Young presented the award during Monday night’s city council meeting.

“It’s really a great honor for Chief Taylor,” said Young.

“I’m humbled by the recognition,” Taylor said following the meeting. 

“Law enforcement has a mission. Through cooperation and partnerships with other agencies, the mission becomes easier to complete. Especially when it comes to National Security.”

Taylor’s efforts were outlined in a letter sent to Young by David J. Hicks, chief of the National Background Investigations Bureau’s Law Enforcement Liaison Office, which conducts more than 2 million background investigations each year.

“Through strengthened relationships at all levels, Chief Taylor has helped reinforce NBIB’s ability to effectively liaise within the Commonwealth of Kentucky and supported the ideas of best practices for obtaining criminal history record information as part of our National Security Background Investigations process,” Hicks wrote in the letter, which outlines problems caused when law enforcement agencies don’t cooperate with the agency.

“When criminal justice agencies refuse to follow federal law and do not provide the requested criminal history record information, our customer agencies who need this information to adjudicate eligibility that ranges from appointment into a position of public trust to access to the most sensitive classified information are forced to make risk determinations based upon an incomplete case file,” Hicks wrote.

“Unfortunately, the refusal of criminal justice agencies to provide [our office] with critical information has contributed to tragedy in the past, such as the Aaron Alexis shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that can be linked to the failure of a police department to provide the federal government with criminal history record information.”

Hicks said his office first met with Taylor in March to discuss its mission and the two formed a working relationship that resulted in the award.

Taylor received a special badge and framed copy of the letter signed by Phalen during Monday night’s presentation, along with a standing ovation from those at the meeting.