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The agency now known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was founded
to be the investigative force of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Before that
violations of federal criminal laws within its jurisdiction. In 1909, the
Special Agent Force was renamed the Bureau of Investigation, and after a series
of name changes, it received its present official name in 1935.
During the early period of the FBIs history, its agents investigated
violation. During World War One, the Bureau was given the responsibility of
authority), and draft violations. The passage of the National Motor Vehicle
Theft Act in 1919 further broadened the Bureau’s jurisdiction.
After the passage of Prohibition in 1920, the gangster era began, bringing
the passage of a federal kidnapping statute. In 1934, many other federal
make arrests and to carry firearms.
1970s. These are still the major concerns of the FBI, only now it is to a
With all of this responsibility, it is logical to say that the FBI is a
Headquarters in Washington, D.C. These divisions and offices provide direction
and 13,700 other employees. Each FBI field office is overseen by a Special
Agent in Charge, except for those located in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Due to their large size, those offices are each managed by an Assistant Director
FBI field offices conduct their official business both directly from their
headquarters and through approximately 400 satellite offices, known as resident
agencies. The FBI also operates specialized field installations: two Regional
Computer Support Centers; one in Pocatello, Idaho, and one in Fort Monmouth, New
Jersey — and two Information technology Centers (ITCs); one at Butte, Montana,
field investigative and administrative operations.
is the broadest of all federal law enforcement agencies. The FBI also stresses
sharing with other federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement and
intelligence agencies. A significant number of FBI investigations are conducted
with other law enforcement agencies or as part of joint task forces.
As part of this process, the FBI has divided its investigations into the
Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory
Department of justice Candidates
FBI Special Agents and Support Applicants
Civil Rights Program
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Discrimination in Housing
Equal Credit Opportunity Act
Attempted of Actual Bombings
Financial Crime Program
Bank Fraud and Embezzlement
Fraud Against the Government
Foreign Counterintelligence Programs
Foreign Counterintelligence Matters
Organized Crime/Drug Program
Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force Matters
Crime Aboard Aircraft
Kidnapping – Extortion
These programs cover most everything that the FBI investigates, and some
individual cases in a program often receives extensive investigative attention
because of their size, potential impact, or sensitivity.
Because FBI Special Agents are responsible for handling so many
different things, they have to go through rigorous training in the following
areas: Academics, Firearms, Physical Training/Defense Tactics, and Practical
Exercises. Within these four major areas are components like interviewing
Altogether there are 15 components in the four areas I listed previously. They
receive all of this training at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia and must
complete 645 hours (15 weeks) of instruction before they graduate.
The training in the academy is difficult, but those who have made it
there have already passed the first test. To qualify for training as an FBI
Agent, you must be:
1. a U.S. citizen
2. between the ages of 23 and 37 when entering on
3. hold a bachelors degree obtained in an accredited
four-year resident program at a college or
fluency in a language for which the Bureau has a need
After graduation from the FBI Academy, a new Special Agent is assigned
to an FBI field office. This assignment is determined by the individuals
special skills and the needs of the bureau. As part of their duties, Special
Agents are required to relocate during their careers. Special Agents enter
can advance to Grade 13 in field assignment.
I think that each one of those words is justified when it comes to describing
the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When the duties of the FBI are stated in
the mission it says to perform these duties in a manner that is responsive to
the needs of the public and is faithful to the Constitution of the United States.