The Iowa FBI falls under the Omaha Division, which also covers the state of Nebraska. The main FBI office is located in Omaha, with eight satellite offices cross Nebraska and Iowa.
Iowa’s Resident Agencies are located in:
The Omaha Division has dealt with missions including stopping drug trafficking to violent gangs, but since 9/11 has dealt more in counterterrorism. Following the attacks, Omaha opened the Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2002, which has since opened satellite offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. The Joint Terrorism Task Force works with the Omaha Field Intelligence Group, to deal with terrorism-related incidents.
Iowa’s Career Opportunities for FBI Agents
The Iowa FBI deals with everything from terrorism to drug gangs. Jobs include:
1. Economic Analysts.
3. Support Professionals.
4. Special Agents.
5. Investigative Experts.
6. Intelligence Analysts.
7. Security Professionals.
8. Electronics Technicians.
The Iowa FBI also has the following specialized units:
1. Evidence Recovery and Processing: There are eight Agents on this team. Their job is to investigate crime scenes and analyse from the scene.
2. Tactical Support and Crisis Response: The SWAT team in Omaha has 12 Agents. 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.
3. Computer Forensics: There are four Agents on Omaha’s Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART) and they deal with electronic evidence.
4. Hazardous Materials: The HAZMAT team is responsible for dealing with dangerous materials including chemical, radiological and biological waste.
5. 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.
6. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: There are two FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians in the Omaha Division who deal with dangerous explosives situations. They also cooperate with the Joint Terrorism Task Forces and National Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center.
The Omaha Division is supported by the following key partnerships:
1. The Joint Terrorism Task Force.
2. The Omaha Field Intelligence Group.
3. The Cyber Crime Task Force.
4. The Omaha InfraGard Chapter.
5. The Omaha Safe Streets Task Force.
6. The Cedar Rapids Safe Streets ask Force.
Requirements for Becoming an FBI Agent in Iowa
The FBI website gives advice for applying to join the FBI, and candidates may also contact one of the FBI Resident Agencies in Iowa for information. There are also very stringent entry requirements for entry to the FBI. Candidates must:
1. Be a citizen of the U.S. or U.S. territory.
2. Be between the ages of 23 and 37 (although veterans may still be eligible).
3. Have at least a four year bachelor’s degree.
4. Have at least three years of relevant work experience.
5. Have a valid U.S. drivers licence.
6. Be willing to travel/relocate anywhere on assignment.
7. Pass and FBI background check.
8. Pass an FBI medical exam and fitness tests
9. Qualify for one of the following specialisations: Linguistics, Accounting, Computer Science/Information Technology, Law or Diversified.