16 Facts About FBI

1. Unlike the Central Intelligence Agency, which has no law enforcement authority and is focused on intelligence collection abroad, the FBI is primarily a domestic agency, maintaining 56 field offices in major cities throughout the United States, and more than 400 resident agencies in smaller cities and areas across the nation.

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2. FBI was established in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation, the BOI or BI for short.

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3. FBI was chiefly responsible for creating the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, or the FBI Laboratory, which officially opened in 1932, as part of his work to professionalize investigations by the government.

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4. Hoover was substantially involved in most major cases and projects that the FBI handled during his tenure.

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5. The FBI carried out controversial domestic surveillance in an operation it called the COINTELPRO, from "COunter-INTELligence PROgram".

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6. In 2003, a congressional committee called the FBI's organized crime informant program "one of the greatest failures in the history of federal law enforcement.

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7. In 1982, the FBI formed an elite unit to help with problems that might arise at the 1984 Summer Olympics to be held in Los Angeles, particularly terrorism and major-crime.

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8. FBI is organized into functional branches and the Office of the Director, which contains most administrative offices.

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9. HSI and the FBI are both integral members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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10. FBI is headquartered at the J Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC, with 56 field offices in major cities across the United States.

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11. The FBI maintains over 400 resident agencies across the United States, as well as over 50 legal attaches at United States embassies and consulates.

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12. In 2000, the FBI began the Trilogy project to upgrade its outdated information technology infrastructure.

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13. In March 2005, the FBI announced it was beginning a new, more ambitious software project, code-named Sentinel, which they expected to complete by 2009.

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14. FBI provides these tools of sophisticated identification and information services to local, state, federal, and international law enforcement agencies.

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15. In June 2021, the FBI held a groundbreaking for its planned FBI Innovation Center, set to be built in Huntsville, Alabama.

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16. In June 2016, the FBI awarded Glock a contract for new handguns.

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