Our People and Capabilities
Our People and Capabilities
The mission of the Denver Division is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal and tribal agencies and partners.
- Collect, produce, and disseminate actionable intelligence that enables the division to identify, investigate, and counter current and emerging criminal and national security threats in accordance with the division and FBI priorities;
- Encourage leadership and initiative while maintaining operational and administrative accountability;
- Maintain and enhance the public's trust and confidence with an aggressive outreach strategy; and
- Ensure we recruit, train, and retain a highly capable workforce.
Our people in Denver possess a mix of talents and experience that enable us to help protect you, your families, and your workplaces from a full range of national security threats and major crime problems.
Our employees not only include special agents, but a variety of specialized professionals such as intelligence and financial analysts, investigative specialists, support services technicians, language specialists, paralegals, electronics technicians, and security experts.
Our strength lies in our investigations—the very heart of our operations—and in the collection, analysis, and sharing of intelligence that drives and supports those investigations both locally and nationally. In every case, we work to objectively gather the facts and to develop evidence that can stand up in a court of law. To do that, we can interview witnesses, run undercover operations, analyze financial records, map and manage crime scenes, develop informants, make arrests, conduct surveillance, and gather information and intelligence from around the globe. Our cases today are often complex and multi-faceted, involving a range of public and private sector partners and covering multiple jurisdictions.
Among our specialized capabilities:
- Evidence recovery and processing: Our Evidence Response Team (ERT) was established in 1995 as a specially-trained evidence recovery and search team consisting of special agent and professional support staff. We currently have four six-member teams. The Denver ERT directly supports special agents and task force officers in Colorado and Wyoming in crime scene matters that require specialized evidence detection, recovery, and collection techniques. In addition, the team supports the law enforcement community on major cases and can be deployed worldwide.
- Computer forensics: We also have a Computer Analysis and Response Team, or CART, that applies this same evidentiary concept to the digital world. These forensic examiners are experts in retrieving evidence from a vast array of digital devices, processing that evidence in a way that maintains its integrity for use in court, and in presenting the results of their findings to investigators.
- Tactical support and crisis response: Our SWAT (Specialized Weapons and Tactics) team can storm barricaded buildings and vehicles, breach locks and other structures, arrest armed and dangerous criminals, rescue hostages, patrol areas and provide security, navigate tough terrains by climbing and rappelling, use special techniques to stop fleeing cars, and conduct site surveys for special events. The team is highly trained and heavily equipped, with expertise in a variety of weapons, including pistols, assault and sniper rifles, and shotguns.
- Crisis Negotiation: Our Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)—part of the Denver Division Crisis Management Team—works to resolve crisis, hostage, or barricade situations. The team is also deployed during the execution of arrest and/or search warrants by the Denver SWAT team.
- Bomb recovery and analysis: We have special agent bomb technicians in Denver who can test and render safe a variety of explosive devices. They respond to calls of suspicious packages or objects and are deployed during bombing investigations, often working closely with our Joint Terrorism Task Force. They gather diagnostic information from the explosives that may be relayed as vital intelligence to local investigators and to the national Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center. Our bomb techs often work and train with local first responders and law enforcement.
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- Hazardous materials: Denver employs an eight-member HAZMAT team that includes special agents and professional support staff from all investigative programs. All team members are highly trained and certified to respond to terrorist attacks and criminal incidents involving hazardous materials—including chemical, biological, and radiological material. Our HAZMAT experts also work in concert with local officials and with Weapons of Mass Destruction experts at FBI Headquarters.
- Translation and Analysis Center (TAC): This center includes language specialists who analyze and translate foreign language audio and written materials. They also provide interpreting assistance to special agents during interviews, interrogations, and training sessions when participants speak only foreign languages. Because of their valuable knowledge and expertise, language analysts also provide cultural awareness briefings and personality assessments.
For more information on the FBI and its capabilities, see our About Us webpage.