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

The Bureau of Investigation, founded in 1908. It was renamed the FBI in 1935.[2][3] J. Edgar Hoover was the Director of the Bureau from its start, and continued as Director of the FBI until his death in 1972.[4][5]

Although the FBI work worldwide, their headquarters is in Washington DC. They have 56 main offices in cities throughout the United States.

Mission and priorities

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.

FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit

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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