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Tyrone Powers, educator, former law enforcement officer and author of Eyes To My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Married and the father of four children,  Powers is committed to family and community. The writer’s extensive criminal justice acumen (amassed over thirteen years) has made him a well known voice of consciousness within the Black law enforcement community, and the emerging force of enlightenment for Black and White Americans.

In 1982, Powers was one of the youngest recruits serving in the Maryland State Police. During the time Powers was employed with the Maryland State Police, he founded and was chairman of “Operation Drug Out,” a nationally recognized anti-drug program featured on the “CBS Evening News” reported by Dan Rather. Powers also served as an assistant to United States Congressman, Parren J. Mitchell.

In December of 1985, Powers was employed as a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His duties included the investigation of violations of federal law and the preparation of investigatory results in written form in order that violators could be adequately prosecuted. He also conducted terrorism and counter-intelligence investigations. Powers was involved in the recruitment, interviewing and selection of special agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in the conducting of background  investigations related to FBI recruits and Presidental appointees. He also served as Relief Supervisor. His duties encompassed the supervision of approximately fifteen agents while assigned to the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and twenty-four agents in the Detroit Division. Other duties involved assigning and reviewing cases of the supervised agents, preparing written communications for FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and presenting oral briefings to supervisors.

Upon leaving the FBI in 1994, Powers has taught as a professor of Criminal Justice:Legal Studies and Sociology at Anne Arundel  Community College in Arnold, Maryland. He is also an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice and Public Administration at Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland. Powers is regularly sought as a lecturer and motivational speaker.

Powers’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Coppin State College and a MPA (Master of Public Administration) from the University of Cincinnati. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology:Justice from the American University in Washington, D.C.

In 1995 he earned an Academic Honor Award from the American University in Washington, D.C. He was selected as the student commencement speaker upon his completion of the Ph.D. program at American - where upon he gave a rousing speech demanding that students become a "part of the solution." Among many civic activities, in 1991 Powers was involved in the youth mentorship programs of the Cincinnati and Detroit Public Schools. While in Detroit he coached little league football for four years. He is currently a consultant and advisor to several youth organizations in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also an assistant football coach and mentor at Southwestern High School in Baltimore. In 1994, he was awarded the Alfred McKenzie award from the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, for his stand in the Black FBI Agent’s suit against the FBI for racial discrimination. In 1997 Powers testified in Congressional hearings, convened by Congresswoman Maxine Waters and the Congressional Black Caucus, on racism in law enforcement. in 1998 he recieved a Mayoral citation and the "Readie" award (highest honor given by the Mayor) for community service and leadership from Baltimore's Mayor, Kurt L. Schmoke.


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