1.What Is The FBI?
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1.What is the FBI?
The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice. It has the authority and
responsibility to investigate specific crimes assigned to it. The FBI also is authorized to provide other law enforcement
agencies with cooperative services, such as fingerprint identification, laboratory examinations, and police training.
2.What is its mission?
The mission of the FBI is to uphold the law through the investigation of violations of criminal law; to protect the United
States from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities; to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal,
state, local, and international agencies; and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of
the public and is faithful to the Constitution of the United States.
3.When was it founded?
On July 26, 1908, then-Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte appointed an unnamed force of Special Agents to be the
investigative force of the Department of Justice. The FBI evolved from this small group.
4.Who is the head of the FBI?
The Director of the FBI is Louis J. Freeh. He assumed office on September 1, 1993.
5.How is the Director of the FBI appointed to office?
The Director is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a term not to exceed ten years.
6.How is the FBI organized at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.?
The FBI has nine divisions and four offices at its Headquarters. They provide program direction and support to fifty-six
field offices, approximately 400 satellite offices known as resident agencies, four specialized field installations, and
twenty-three foreign liaison posts known as Legal Attaches. The Director is supported by his staff and the Deputy
Director. Each division is overseen by an Assistant Director. The offices are headed by an Inspector in Charge or
General Counsel. The Assistant Directors, Inspectors in Charge, and General Counsel are supported by Deputies,
Section Chiefs, Unit Chiefs, and Supervisors.
7.How is an FBI field office organized?
Each FBI field office normally is overseen by a Special Agent in Charge (SAC) who is assisted by at least one Assistant
Special Agent in Charge; Supervisory Special Agents who manage squads of Special Agents; and an Office Services
Manager, who administers support operat
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