Texas is North America’s second biggest state and includes four field offices in Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Houston, as well as 25 satellite offices. In Texas, FBI agents deal with security threats, criminal actions and the protection of civil rights including:
1. Stopping cases of public corruption.
2. Dismantling organized crime networks.
3. Investigating white-collar crime.
4. Catching pedophiles and people engaged with child pornography.
5. Investigating kidnappings, bank robberies, serial homicides and assassinations.
Becoming an FBI Special Agent in Texas
Candidates wishing to become an FBI agent in Texas 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 passion for protecting the United States.
6. Must be willing to go anywhere in the line of work.
Support positions in the Texas FBI include:
1. Computer Specialists.
2. Evidence Specialists.
3. Fingerprint Specialists.
4. Intelligence Experts.
5. Lab Technicians.
Candidates also need to pass a background check, polygraph and drug tests. Applications can be made either online or at any FBI field office. The Texas FBI is particularly interested in linguists who are experts in one of either Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Farsi, Pashto or Somali.
FBI Jobs in Texas
In Texas, there are both both special agents and various support professionals as well. Specialisations include:
1. Evidence recovery and processing.
3. Computer analytics.
4. Bomb recovery and analysis.
6. Hazardous materials response.
In Dallas there are 12 satellite offices servicing 137 counties, 125,000 square miles and nine million people. This is where you will find one of the FBI’s national Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories, which includes full-service forensics labs and training centers.
This office covers 40 counties and has six satellite offices. Houston has a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program that trains first responders but using simulated attacks.
The San Antonio office manages 59 counties and 500 miles of Mexican border, and has six satellite offices. It’s the only office in Texas with a Victim Assistance team.
Covering 17 counties and managing 12 satellite offices, El Paso has an 18-member SWAT team with highly-trained assaulters, snipers, explosives experts, rappelmasters and air officers. There is a support group of ten members at the Tactical Operations Center, and together they have investigated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, a 1999 manhunt for Eric Rudolph, the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, the Super Bowl in Houston in 2004 and the National Democratic Convention in Denver in 2008.
Recent Successes in Texas
The Texas office has successfully:
1. Stopped a $40 million ponzi scheme in Dallas.
2. Dismantled a laundering ring in San Antonio which laundered $200,000 of drug money.
3. Convicted a Barrio Azteca border gang member for racketeering.
4. Put a Renoir painting robbed in Houston to the FBI Top Ten Art Crimes list.