The Honolulu Division of the FBI, in Wailuku, Hawaii, hires and trains all Hawaii’s FBI staff. The office was set up in 1931, when the Japanese became a threat in the Pacific, but in contemporary times the office deals more with illegal drug trafficking and its connection to terrorism in the region.

There are several satellite offices on Oahu island and the Pacific Rim, including:

1. Kona
2. Maui
3. Saipan
4. Guam

Careers In the Hawaii FBI

The Honolulu Field Intelligence Group was essential in apprehending a former defense contractor trying to traffic American B-2 bombers to foreign governments.

In Hawaii, the Honolulu Division hires many professionals as well as Special Agents. These include:

1. Support services staff.
2. Paralegals.
3. Electronics specialists.
4. Linguists.
5. Professional investigators.
6. Security professionals.
7. Financial Analysts
8. Intelligence professionals.

Within these specialisations there are task forces 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. They also cooperate with local law enforcement to solve crimes.
2. Computer Forensics: The Hawaii Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART) are required to obtain and analyse evidence from digital sources.
3. Tactical Support and Crisis Response: The Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams and Hostage Rescue Team, 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.
4. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: The Special Agents in this unit deal with all cases involving explosives. They cooperate with the Join Terrorism Task Forces to deal with dangerous explosives situations. They also pass on information to the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center.
5. Hazardous Materials: The HAZMAT team deals with dangerous materials including chemical, radiological and biological waste. They also collaborate with local law enforcement and the FBI’s WMD experts.
6. Translation: These linguists are responsible for employing their language skills in the defence of national security. They interview and interrogate witnesses and suspects and cooperated with local law enforcement officials.

Requirements for Becoming an FBI Special Agent in Hawaii

In Hawaii, FBI staff collaborate with regional, state and federal organisations as first responders and intelligence gathering. The Hawaii FBi operates in multi-agency task forces, including:

1. The Joint Terrorism Pacific Task Force.
2. The Honolulu Field Intelligence Group.
3. The Honolulu Hi-Tech Crimes Working Group.
4. The Honolulu Violent Crimes Task Force.
5. The FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships Program.
6. The Honolulu InfraGard Chapter.
7. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force.
8. The Human Trafficking Task Forces for Guam and Saipan.

Requirements for applying for a job with the FBI are as follows:

1. Being a citizen of the U.S. or U.S. territory.
2. Being between the ages of 23 and 37 (although veterans may still be eligible).
3. Having at least a four year bachelor’s degree.
4. Having at least three years of relevant work experience.
5. Having a valid U.S. drivers licence.
6. Being willing to travel anywhere on assignment.
7. Passing Agent fitness tests.
8. Passing an FBI background check.

Hawaii FBI Agents must also specialise in a category including: Law, Accounting, Language, Computer and Information Technology or Diversified.