Ohio has two FBI field offices, located in Cincinnati and Cleveland. They are responsible for enforcing federal jurisdiction.
The Ohio FBI’s Role
In Ohio, FBI efforts are focused on:
1. Terrorism in the U.S: following 9/11, anti-terrorism became a huge priority for the Cincinnati office, whose Joint Terrorism Task Force has offices in Cincinnati and Columbus.
2. Dealing with cyber crimes: As of 1996 the Cleveland office has been running something called InfraGard, a program to help computer experts track cyber threats.
3. Stopping foreign espionage: The Cleveland office was essential in the first prosecution of a foreign company engaged in economic espionage in 1999
4. Ending violent crime: Between the years 1984 and 1988, criminals from the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list were apprehended by the Cincinnati FBI.
5. Investigating white collar crime: The Cincinnati FBI led the case against Pete Rose, who was illegally gambling, between 1986 and 1989.
6. Dismantling crime organisations locally and abroad: This includes investigations into the Socialist Workers’ Party and New Libya by the Cleveland office.
7. Tackling public corruption: The Cincinnati office dealt with a CEO engaged in tax and mortgage loan fraud in 2013.
8. Upholding the civil rights of U.S. citizens: The Cleveland FBI have been investigating the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on an ongoing basis.
Becoming an FBI Special Agent in Ohio
In Ohio, there are skilled professionals and Special Agents, and all work in high risk environments that involve a lot of long hours and travel. Selection is intensive and difficult. Candidates wishing to become an FBI agent in Ohio 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. Having a valid U.S. drivers licence.
6. Passing and FBI background check.
7. Passing an FBI medical exam including vision and hearing tests.
8. Passing a drug test, and not having used illicit drugs in the past ten years.
9. Passing rigorous fitness testing.
10. Not have defaulted on student loans.
11. Having not committed a felony offence.
12. Having the ability and willingness to work anywhere in the FBI’s jurisdiction.
13. Specialise in one of their computer science, general science, cyber security, electrical or computer engineering or a foreign language (Farsi, Russian, Punjabi, Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, Korean, all dialects of Chinese, and Spanish will be favored), military, piloting, network administration, accounting, law, detective work, computer forensics, information technology or intelligence.
The Cincinnati office can be contacted at (513) 421-4310 or the Cleveland office at (216) 622-6689 for more information.
Jobs for Ohio FBI
In Cincinnati FBI Agents work on specific areas of concern, including:
1. Violent Crimes: This Task Force cooperates with the Safe Streets Task Forces in Dayton and Columbus, fighting crime by street gangs including violence, drugs trafficking and weapons offences.
2. Cyber Crime: This Task Force is located in South and Central Ohio and focuses on cyber security.
3. Mortgage Fraud: This Task Force is located Dayton and Cincinnati and fights mortgage fraud.
4. Health Care: This Working Group is located in Cincinnati and deals with individuals trying to engage in health care fraud.
In Cleveland Agents work on things including:
1. Hate Crimes and Civil Rights: These Working Groups encourage community participation in recognizing and ending of civil rights offences and hate crimes.
2. Joint Terrorism: This Task Force, made up of 40 local, state and federal law enforcement organisations, deals with all terrorist threats.
3. Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships: This Program grows relationships between the FBI and government organisations, academics and the private sector.