Tennessee is historically something of a criminal hideout, dating back to the days of the Wild West, and later, prohibition. Tennessee has two main field offices in Memphis and Knoxville.
1. Memphis: This office manages all FBI operations in the West of the state. It cooperates with local and state law enforcement agencies, community groups, the Memphis Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Joint Cyber Crime Task Force, the Field Intelligence Group, the Mortgage Fraud Task Force, Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Memphis Cargo Task Force. The Memphis Office has Resident Agencies in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Jackson and Nashville.
2. Knoxville: The office has a more limited jurisdiction than the Memphis office, and deals with the East side of the state. Here, there is a lot of traffic going destined to the Eastern Seaboard, and from west-to-east as people travel to the Southern and Mid-West parts of the U.S. Knoxville has Resident Agencies in Chattanooga, Oak Ridge, Johnson City and Tullahoma.
How to Get an FBI Job in Tennessee
Candidates wishing to become an FBI agent in Tennessee 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. Pass rigorous fitness testing.
It can take between six months to a year for the hiring process to occur. Chosen candidate must go to Quantico, VA, to complete 20 weeks of new agent training.
FBI Jobs Available in Tennessee
FBI Agents in Tennessee many fulfil the following tasks and specialisations:
1. Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT): There is a 11-member SWAT team in Memphis, and 14-member team in Knoxville, that deal with the most extreme and dangerous situations. They infiltrate secured facilities and have high level training with various weapons.
2. Evidence Recovery and Processing: Knoxville has two teams comprising of eight members each, while Memphis has one team that gather evidence from crime scenes, right down to the tiniest shreds. They also cooperate with local law enforcement.
3. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: Memphis and Knoxville have three bomb specialists each. They deal with all explosives.
4. Hazardous Materials: Memphis has three HAZMAT officers while Knoxville has one. These experts deal with hazardous materials including radiological, biological and chemical.