City officials recognized the partnership between the Annapolis Police Department and the FBI's Baltimore Field Office by making its former director an honorary city officer at Monday night's City Council meeting.
Richard McFeely ran the FBI's Baltimore office for a little less than three years before the bureau promoted him to executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber and Response Services Branch in July, according to the FBI website.
Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said that during McFeely's tenure in Baltimore, he worked hard to foster a partnership with Annapolis that helped lower crime rates.
"The attention that we got under the leadership of Richard McFeely is second to none," Pristoop said. "I've said it before at meetings and I've said it privately, partnerships are a key component of our reduction in crime."
City officials reported in January that the crime rate for 2011 was the lowest Annapolis had seen in 32 years.
"The chief is right; these partnerships cut both ways," McFeely said. "Our mission for 100 years has been the support of state and local law enforcement. When we have a department that opens its arms to us, it makes it a heck of a lot easier."
As the pair posed for pictures, Pristoop joked that McFeely could still help the city by sending some stimulus money from Washington DC to the Annapolis Police Department.
McFeely laughed and said, "Wrong department."