The New Jersey Division of the FBI was pivotal in investigating the 9/11 attacks, as United Airlines Flight 93 had taken off from Newark airport. NJ’s Joint Terrorism Task Force managed this. The FBI’s NJ headquarters are located in Newark, with resident agencies in Northfield, Somerset, Woodland Park, Red Bank, and Trenton.
Becoming an FBI Agent in New Jersey
Becoming an FBI Agent in New Jersey includes many of the same stipulations as joining the FBI generally, including:
1. Being a U.S. citizen.
2. Passing a background check.
3. Receiving FBI security clearance
Jobs for Special Agents in New Jersey
Special Agent careers include:
1. Computer Forensics: This team deals with computer forensics. They gather digital evidence from electronic devices to a standard that can be used in court.
2. Evidence Response Teams: This team gathers evidence from crime scenes, right down to the tiniest shreds. The Newark Division has four ERTs with 32 total Agents, and they work with the FBI Laboratory.
3. A Specialized Weapons and Tactics Team: This 12-agent team (better known as SWAT) infiltrates secured facilities, has high level training with various weapons, and includes a Hostage Rescue Team.
To become a Special Agent 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.
In order to become an FBI specialized professional in New Jersey candidates must have a university degree and field experience. Career examples include:
1. Intelligence Analysts: These professionals create reports for local, state, and federal law enforcement organisations. They must have special knowledge of culture and/or language.
2. Investigative Support and Surveillance Staff: These employees work on counter-terrorism and foreign counter-intelligence missions. They deal with surveillance operations, using modern technology to eavesdrop on conversations between suspects.
3. Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology Professionals: These staff need skills and training in one of biology, chemistry, cryptography, forensic science, mathematics, and software engineering.