There are 7 Resident Agencies in Kentucky, including the Division office in Louisville. The satellite offices can be found in:
1. Bowling Green.
Since 1920, the FBI has worked in Kentucky, covering both national security to organised crime. In the ‘20s The Louisville Division investigated Nazis in hiding, and in the ’50s focused on gang crime. In the ‘90s, the Division’s focus shifted to political corruption and child exploitation, but after 9/11 the threat of terrorism became the main priority, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force was set up in 2002, and a Field Intelligence Group following shortly after in 2003.
FBI Career Options for FBI Agents in Kentucky
The Kentucky FBI deals focuses on terrorism and major crimes. Jobs specialisations include:
2. Support Professionals.
3. Special Agents.
4. Investigative Experts.
5. Intelligence Analysts.
6. Security Professionals.
7. Electronics Technicians.
The Kentucky FBI also has the following specialized units:
1. Evidence Recovery and Processing: There are two eight member Agent teams in this unit in Kentucky. Their job is to investigate crime scenes and analyse from the scene. They often collaborate with the FBI Laboratory.
2. Computer Forensics: This team deals with electronic evidence.
3. Tactical Support and Crisis Response: The SWAT team in Kentucky has 12 operators, a senior team leader and two assistant leaders. 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.
4. Translation: These linguists are responsible for employing their language skills in the defence of national security.
5. Hazardous Materials: The HAZMAT team, made up of ten FBI Special Agents, is responsible for dealing with dangerous materials including chemical, radiological and biological waste.
6. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: There are three FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians in the Kentucky Division who deal with dangerous explosives situations. They also cooperate with the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center.
The Kentucky FBI’s strategic partnerships include:
1. The Louisville Joint Terrorism Task Force.
2. The Louisville Field Intelligence Group.
3. The FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership.
4. Project Safe Childhood for Internet crime.
5. The Kentucky Electronic Crimes Task Force, which deals with electronic crimes, exploitation of children, digital fraud, identity theft, and electronic crimes.
6. The InfraGard Kentucky Membership Alliance.
7. The Kentucky Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory.
8. The Louisville Enterprise Task Force.
9. The Financial Institution Security Officers Association of Louisville which deals with bank robbery, intelligence and trend analysis.
Requirements for Becoming an FBI Agent in Kentucky
The FBI website gives advice for applying to join the FBI, and candidates may also contact one of the FBI Resident Agencies in Kentucky 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.