Since September 30, 2012, 36,074 employees have been financed under the FBI’s $8 billion budget. This included 13,913 Special Agents as well as 22,161 support staff. The FBI has 56 field offices, 400 satellite offices, and also a few resident agencies located in Jacksonville and Tampa and Miami, Florida.
Becoming an FBI Agent in Florida
In order to apply to become a Special Agent, 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 four year bachelor’s degree.
4. Have at least three years of relevant work experience.
Along with Special Agent jobs, there are other support jobs available in Florida. These include financial analysis, paralegals, translators, electronics and security experts as well as many more. Applications can be lodged online.
Responsibilities at the FBI Field Office in Florida
Each of Florida’s three field offices employs specialists in the following areas:
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. They also cooperate with local law enforcement to solve crimes.
2. Computer Forensics: These experts are required to obtain and analyse evidence from digital sources.
3. Tactical Support and Crisis Response: Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) personnel are the heart of this team. They are tasked with getting through barricades, dealing with hostage situations, catching dangerous and armed offenders, surveilling areas, providing security, and helping local law enforcement when needed.
6. Hazardous Materials: The HAZMAT team deals with dangerous materials including chemical, radiological and biological waste.
7. Bomb Recovery/Analysis: These staff investigate and respond to all situations suspected of including or including explosives.
Each of Florida’s three field offices also specialises in a unique area:
The Jacksonville office spans 40 counties and includes seven satellite offices in the north of the state. They have a Victim Assistant Specialist who looks after victims while a case is being investigated and prosecuted. In 2002 the Jacksonville office was integral in the perusal of three time murderer Pinkney W. “Chip” Carter, which is soon to be the subject of a documentary.
This office spans 18 counties including eight satellite offices in the middle and southwest of the state. The office employs linguists who translate evidence for terrorist, espionage and/or criminal cases. The Tampa office was essential to the sentencing of a Sarasota who carried out a $4 million mortgage fraud scheme in 2013.
The Miami office includes nine counties and four satellite offices, and employs many linguists. Miami also deals with extraterritorial violations in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. In 2013, the Miami office was responsible for the arrest and conviction of a former therapist who defrauded the government out of $205 million in Medicare funds.