Colorado is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the U.S. As the population gets bigger, FBI jobs become more necessary.
The Denver office, created in 1910, is the main FBI headquarters in the state. Since then, one of the main goals of the FBI in Colorado has been to catch companies using forced labor, and to stop the stealing of shipments across state lines. In the ‘30s, headquarters closed down for 5 years, between 1930 and 1935. In 1950, Colorado participated in the Ten Most Wanted List of national fugitives, in which time the Colorado FBI caught four of the Ten Most Wanted.
After 9/11, the Colorado FBI has moved to more anti-terrorism related goals. This included dealing with Najibullah Zazi, a Afghanistan national living in Aurora, CO. In 2010, Zazi tried to travel from Colorado to New York with the intention of setting of bombs on the subway there. He was caught by the FBI before he could finish his terrorism, and he was sentenced for conspiring to commit murder through terrorist activities.
FBI Jobs in Colorado
As well as anti-terrorist efforts, the Colorado FBI has many other duties and divisions, including:
1. Evidence Recovery and Processing: Their job is to investigate crime scenes and analyse from the scene. This includes physical evidence and also things like evaluating and identifying tire tracks, blood splatter patterns and bullet trajectory.
2. Hazardous Materials Team: The Colorado FBI also has a HAZMAT team made up of eight members. They deal with hazardous materials, including biological, chemical or radiological threats. They also handled the explosive substances Zazi was planning to use in his New York bomb plot.
Office Locations in the State
The Colorado FBI covers 87 counties in the state as well as Wyoming. Headquarters are in Denver, with field offices found in Colorado Springs, Durango, Glenwood Springs, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Grand Junction. In Wyoming, offices can be found in Jackson Hole, Casper, Cheyenne and Lander.
Becoming an FBI Special Agent in Colorado
In order to become an FBI agent in Colorado, candidates must:
1. Be a citizen of the U.S. or U.S. territory.
2. Be between the ages of 23 and 37.
3. Have at least a bachelor’s degree
4. Be willing to travel anywhere.
There is also special training for applicants, the first step of which asks hopefuls to enroll in a training program for either Accounting, Computer Science, Language, Law or Diversified.