FBI careers and training in Louisiana are centred in The New Orleans Division. Along with this office are six Resident Agencies across the state, including:
1. Alexandria.
2. Baton Rouge.
3. Lafayette.
4. Lake Charles.
5. Monroe.
6. Shreveport.

The Louisiana FBI began in 1914, but it wasn’t until Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that the Division took on serious significance. While the New Orleans office was damaged in the storm, it was still able to provide support and rescue across the state. Since Katrina, the Louisiana FBI has dealt in violent crimes, corruption and fraud.

Jobs specialisations in Louisiana include:

1. Linguists.
2. Support Professionals.
3. Special Agents.
4. Investigative Experts.
5. Intelligence Analysts.
6. Security Professionals.
7. Electronics Technicians.
8. Economic Analysts.

These specialisations include the gathering and analysis of evidence, interrogation of witnesses, the analysis of financial records, management of crime scenes and intelligence gathering.

The Louisiana FBI also has the following specialized units:

1. Evidence Recovery and Processing: There are two eight member Agent teams in this unit in Louisiana. Their job is to investigate crime scenes and analyse evidence from the scene.
2. Computer Forensics: This team deals with electronic evidence.
3. Tactical Support and Crisis Response: The SWAT team in Louisiana has 23 members. 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. The SWAT team is also specially trained in maritime situations and events.
4. 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.
5. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: There are three FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians in the Louisiana Division who deal with dangerous explosives situations. They are first responders and cooperate with local law enforcement. The Louisiana bomb squad also works around the world with Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as participants in the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell.

Requirements to Become an FBI Agent in Louisiana

The FBI website gives advice for applying to join the FBI, and candidates may also contact the New Orleans Division Office or one of the FBI Resident Agencies in Louisiana 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.