In Mississippi there are both professionals and Special Agents working in the FBI at the Jackson Division. These employees investigate crimes and put together evidence that adheres to strict legal standards. Agents and other staff interrogate witnesses and suspects, foster informants, manage undercover ops, understand financial records and undertake surveillance. The Jackson Division includes the following units:
1. Evidence Response Team: There are eight Special Agents in this unit. Their job is to investigate crime scenes and analyse all evidence from the scene.
2. Computer Analysis and Response Team: This team deals with electronic evidence. And must ensure all gathered evidence will hold up in court.
3. Specialized Weapons and Tactics Team: The SWAT team in Mississippi has 12 Agents who are highly trained and skilled. 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. They also have weapons expertise.
4. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: There is one FBI Special Agent Bomb Technician in the Jackson Division who deal with dangerous explosives situations. They also cooperate with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
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. The Mississippi HAZMAT is also the Weapons of Mass Destruction coordinator.
Becoming an FBI Agent in Mississippi
In order to join the Mississippi FBI, applicants must meet a set of stringent requirements and pass the FBI’s tests. If they do, they will get a letter of acceptance, at which point they must be available for the Bureau’s rigorous training. Candidates must meet these basic requirements:
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. Pass and FBI background check.
7. Pass an FBI medical exam and fitness tests.
High-Profile FBI Cases in Mississippi
Mississippi’s regional headquarters are in Jackson, and the state has seven supporting satellite offices as well. The Headquarters were created in 1941 when the U.S. entered World War Two.
Early FBI cases in Mississippi were taken up against the Ku Klux Klan through the ‘60s. During the the Civil Rights Movement there was a lot of political unrest in Mississippi and FBI Agents investigated assassinations, bombings in churches, bus burnings, other shootings, and rioting. Following Hurricane Katrina the Jackson Division also helped local law enforcement in both Mississippi and Louisiana.