The Regional Headquarters for the FBI in Minnesota can be found in Minneapolis, which, geographically, is one of the largest regions in the country, encompassing North and South Dakota as well. There are six more satellite offices in the Minnesota region.
In 1973 the Minneapolis Division the FBI was involved in a many months long shootout with activists from the American Indian Movement (AIM) who took over a Pine Ridge Reservation town. In more recent years, the Minnesota FBI successfully investigated and stopped Minneapolis City Council engaged in corruption.
Minnesota Jobs In The FBI
There are both Special Agents and other specialized professionals in the Minnesota FBI. These include paralegals, security technicians, and economic specialists. This keeps the Minnesota Division well balanced and dynamic. FBI Agents must ensure that all evidence from their investigation is compiled according to the law so it can be used in court. FBI jobs in Minnesota Special Agent include:
1. Evidence Response Teams: There are two ERT Agent teams in this unit, comprising eighteen staff all together. Their job is to investigate crime scenes and analyse from the scene. They often collaborate with the FBI Laboratory. The Minneapolis ERTs were pivotal in the September 11th and anthrax attacks.
2. Computer Analysis and Response Team: This team deals with electronic evidence.
3. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: The Minneapolis Division has two BA Agents. They deal with dangerous explosives situations.
4. Hazardous Evidence Response Team: 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, including translating the interrogation of witnesses and suspects.
6. Office for Victim Assistance: There are twelve Victim Specialists in Minneapolis and they deal with people who have been harmed by a crime that’s under FBI investigation. They mostly cover cases dealing with tribal land.
Becoming an FBI Agent In Minnesota
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. Pass a rigorous fitness test.