The FBI had a presence in Virginia since 1937. Virginia’s Norfolk office has jurisdiction over eight counties Virginia plus a resident agency in Hampton called the Peninsula Resident Agency. The Richmond office deals with 82 counties and has six satellite offices.
FBI Academy is found in Quantico, Virginia. This is where FBI Agents and intelligence analysts train. Much research happens here, as well as advocacy for law enforcement standards and policies worldwide.
Becoming an FBI Agent in Virginia
Candidates wishing to become an FBI agent in Virginia 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.
7. Be physically fit.
8. Have a passion for fighting crime and terrorism.
9. Analytical and problem solving skills.
Candidates can contact the FBI at 150 Corporation Blvd., Norfolk, 23503; Tel: 757/455-0100; or e-mail Norfolk_FO@ic.fbo.gov or Richmond@ic.fbi.gov. Applications can also be made online at the FBI website. The FBI is an equal opportunity employer, currently employing over 2,000 Special Agents who are female.
Duties in Virginia Field Offices
FBI Agents and support professionals in Norfolk and Richmond fight dangerous criminals and terror threats. Both offices are staffed by both Agents and specialized professionals. These include intelligence and financial analysts, investigative specialists, linguists, electronics and support services staff, security professionals and paralegals. Both offices also units including:
1. Evidence recovery and processing.
2. Computer forensics.
3. Specialized weapons and tactics (SWAT).
4. Hazardous materials analysis and processing.
5. Bomb recovery and analysis.
The field offices also cooperate with local, state and federal law enforcement. Norfolk and Richmond formed Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs) in 2003 to extend their intelligence capabilities in dealing with both terrorism and crime.
The Norfolk office, in addition to the regular units, also has linguists and a hostage rescue team. A Cyber Crime Working Group was established in Norfolk in 2003 to partner with and manage local, state and federal professionals to fight digital crime. Among the Norfolk office’s successes include the sentencing of a man for Medicare fraud in 2003.
As well as the above units, Richmond also has a victim support professional and a Joint Terrorism Task Force which combines 40 local, state and federal agencies. The Richmond office’s success stories include offering a $150,000 award for information aiding in the arrest and sentencing of the killer of a University of Virginia co-ed in 2009.