The state of Montana has nine FBI satellite offices. The state’s headquarters, previously located in in Butte, was shuttered in 1989 and reopened in Salt Lake City where it still stands today.
Major FBI cases that happened in Montana were:
1. An 81 standoff with the Montana Freemen, a Christian Patriot organisation. The FBI ended the standoff peacefully.
2. The Montana FBI was also involved in a countrywide hunt for the Unabomber. The Montana Agents put the evidence together in such a way that an arrest was made.
Becoming an FBI Agent in Montana
The Montana FBI has both highly skilled Special Agents and other support professionals in its employ. There are very stringent entry requirements for entry to the FBI in Montana. 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 from an approved school.
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 including vision and hearing tests.
8. Pass a drug test.
9. Pass rigorous fitness testing.
10. Not have defaulted on student loans.
11. Have not committed a felony offence.
After applying and once being chosen, candidates will have to undergo testing in two phases, beginning with background and medical checks. If these pass, the candidate will begin training.
Roles of Montana’s FBI Special Agents
Montana includes many Special Agent units in the following specialisations:
1. Evidence Response: This team gathers evidence from crime scenes, right down to the tiniest shreds.
2. Regional Computer Forensics: Montana Agents use the RCFL, which gives advanced technology for investigating computer forensics. This team gathers digital evidence from electronic devices to a standard that can be used in court.
3. Specialized Weapons and Tactics: The SWAT team in Montana deals with infiltrating secured facilities. The team has high level training with various weapons, and includes a Hostage Rescue Team.
4. Hazardous Materials: dealing with chemical, biological, or nuclear crisis.
5. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: This unit gathers evidence from and dismantles bombs. There are four BA Agents in Montana, and they cooperate with the Joint Terrorism Task Forces.