The Kansas City Division manages the Kansas FBI as well as the Western District of Missouri. With the main office in Kansas City, Missouri, there are also satellite offices in:
1. Garden City.
As early as 1920 Kansas became the FBI Divisional Headquarters and ever since the Kansas City Division, has been pivotal in stopping organized crime, terrorism, and drug trafficking.
The Kansas City FBI was pivotal in the case against Khalid Ouazzani who was cooperating with Al Qaeda terrorists in 2010. The Division also cooperated with theWichita Police Department and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia, to catch the BTK (Blind, Torture, and Kill) murderer who killed at least ten women in the years between 1974 and 1991.
The highly trained staff at the FBI in Kansas deal with both regional and national criminal cases, as well as national security. Specialist careers available include:
1. Economic Analysts.
3. Support Professionals.
4. Special Agents.
5. Investigative Experts.
6. Intelligence Analysts.
7. Security Professionals.
8. Electronics Technicians.
The Kansas FBI also has the following specialized units:
1. Evidence Recovery and Processing: There are 24 Agents on this team. They have many forensic skills. Forensic Examiners work with the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory to gather electronic evidence.
2. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: There are two FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians in the Kansas Division who deal with dangerous explosives situations. They also cooperate with the Joint Terrorism Task Forces and National Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center.
3. Tactical Support and Crisis Response: The SWAT team is 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. 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. There are nine of them in the Kansas Division and they are fluent in eleven languages between them.
The Kansas Division partners with:
1. The Kansas City Joint Terrorism Task Force.
2. The Kansas City Field Intelligence Group.
3. FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships.
4. The Kansas City Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF).
5. The Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL).
6. The Kansas City Violent Crimes Task Force.
7. The Kansas City Metropolitan Gang Task Force.
Requirements For Becoming An FBI Agent in Kansas
The FBI website gives advice for applying to join the FBI, and candidates may also contact one of the FBI Resident Agencies in Kansas 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 including vision and hearing tests.
9. Qualify for one of the following specialisations: Linguistics, Accounting, Computer Science/Information Technology, Law or Diversified.
10. Pass a rigorous fitness test.