The Massachusetts FBI’s main office is in Boston Field Office, with an extra ten satellite offices, with many jobs for Special Agents and people with specialised skills in accounting, law, electronics and security.
Special Agent can work in electronic forensics, situations involving hostages, explosives, Evidence Response Teams, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams, and linguists. There are over 400 agents and expert staff working within The Boston Division.
High Profile Cases Dealt With by the Boston Division
During the ’60s, there was violent urban terrorism bought on by the hippie movement. In the ‘70s, with the Vietnam War, there was a lot of increased political violence in the U.S. In Boston, the FBI apprehended two female Brandeis University who robbed the National Guard armoury and another bank, and killing a police officer.
The Boston FBI also investigated the terrorists, including Mohammed Atta, who took off from the Logan International Airport in Boston on 9/11. They also stopped would-be bomber Richard Reid from blowing up a plane. Aside from these terrorism cases the Boston Division also deals with mortgage fraud, embezzlement, child exploitation and internet crimes.
The FBI in Massachusetts main goals are protection and engagement. Protection relates to stopping terrorism, gathering foreign intelligence and ending espionage, computer crimes and civil rights. They do this by investigating public corruption, criminal gangs, white-collar crime and major violent crimes.
Becoming an FBI Special Agent in Massachusetts
There are 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.