Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States law enforcement agency
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency of the US government that investigates crime across the country. It is dedicated to national security and to law enforcement.[1]

The seal of the FBI

The Bureau of Investigation was founded in 1908 and was renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1935.[2][3] J. Edgar Hoover was the Director of the Bureau from 1924 to his death, in 1972.[4][5] Although the FBI works worldwide, its headquarters are in Washington DC. It has 56 main offices in cities throughout the United States.

Mission and prioritiesEdit

The FBI's mission is to protect the USA and maintain justice. They do this in many ways:

  • They protect the United States from terrorist attacks.
  • They protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage.
  • They protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes like hacking.
  • They protect civil rights.
  • They combat all national and international criminal organizations.
  • They combat major white-collar crime and fraud.
  • They combat important violent crime.
  • They also support international partners.


Organizational structureEdit

Organization chart for the FBI as of July 15, 2014

The FBI is organized into branches and the Office of the Director. This office contains most administrative offices. An executive assistant director manages each branch. Each branch is then divided into offices and divisions. Each division is headed by an assistant director. The various divisions are further divided into sub-branches. Each sub-branch is led by deputy assistant directors. Within these sub-branches there are various sections headed by section chiefs. Section chiefs are ranked analogous to special agents in charge.

Four of the branches report to the deputy director while two report to the associate director. The functions branches of the FBI are:

FBI Crisis Negotiation UnitEdit

The FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit (FCNU) is a 24/7 operational response to crisis and to negotiate person(s) who are threatening to commit suicide or other harmful situations after a crime has been committed. The FBI's lead negotiator contacts the person(s) involved, with a hard-wire phone line to communicate with the person(s) to try convincing them to give themselves up to local police who are on stand-by.


  1. Clare Kim (January 6, 2014). "FBI drops 'law enforcement' from its mission statement". MSNBC. NBC Universal.
  2. Weiner, Tim 2012. Enemies: a history of the FBI. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4000-6748-0.
  3. Unger, Sanford J. 1975 FBI: an uncensored look behind the walls. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-88744-7
  4. Gentry, Curt 1991. J. Edgar Hoover: the man and the secrets. Plume. ISBN 0-452-26904-0
  5. Summers, Anthony 2003. Official and confidential: the secret life of J. Edgar Hoover. New York: Putnam. ISBN 0-399-13800-5

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