Today's FBI: Headquarters/Field Offices


FBI Headquarters

FBI Headquarters is currently located in the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Headquarters personnel from a wide range of disciplines organize and coordinate FBI activities around the world. They set investigative priorities, oversee intelligence activities and major cases, and manage the organization’s resources, technology, and staffing.

As the FBI has grown, some Headquarters functions have moved to other locations. The Criminal Justice Information Services Division is located in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The Laboratory, Operational Technology Division, and FBI Academy are located in Quantico, Virginia. Other specialized facilities, such as high-tech computer forensics centers, are at various locations across the country.

In 2004, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Virginia where it is now co-located with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorism Division and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

Field Offices

The nuts and bolts work of the FBI is done in its 56 field offices and their 400 satellite offices, known as resident agencies. It is special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and surveillance experts in the field who primarily collect intelligence and conduct investigations to build cases for prosecution. These teams investigate clues, track down leads, and work with local law enforcement to arrest criminals and terrorists. A Special Agent in Charge (SAC) oversees each field office, except for the largest field offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and New York City, which are headed by an Assistant Director in Charge.

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