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Our People and Capabilities

Our People and Capabilities

Evidence Response Team member rapelling down a pine wall
Since crime scenes can be anywhere,
our evidence teams are trained
to reach tough places.

Our people in Kansas City 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 personnel include not only 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: The Kansas City Evidence Response Team (ERT) consists of 24 primary and alternate members, both agent and support personnel, who have received extensive training in the various forensic skills and disciplines. These skills include latent fingerprint development, photography, trace evidence collection, blood spatter analysis, human remains recovery, bullet trajectory analysis, and crime scene sketching. The team has a full-time agent senior team leader and is divided into three eight-person teams that are on call for two-week intervals. The ERT also trains and deploys with state and local agencies and coordinates submission of evidence to the FBI Laboratory and other criminal labs.
  • Computer forensics: We are a participating agency with the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (HARCFL), which applies science and engineering to the recovery of digital evidence in a legally acceptable method. HARCFL forensic examiners use digital investigation and analysis techniques to find potential legal evidence on a variety of software programs, different operating systems, varying sizes of hard drives, and specific technologies like personal digital assistants, cell phones, and video cameras. Examiners are capable of locating deleted, encrypted, or damaged file information that may serve as evidence in a criminal or terrorism investigation. The laboratory accepts requests for computer forensic services from any law enforcement agency operating within Kansas or the western two-thirds of Missouri.
  • Tactical support and crisis response: We have a SWAT (Specialized Weapons and Tactics) team that executes high-risk arrest and search warrants and develops and executes tactical solutions for barricaded subjects, high-profile event security, weapons of mass destruction events, hostage rescue, and dignitary/witness protection. The SWAT team operates, maintains, and trains with several varieties of specialized vehicles, equipment, and weapons and conducts regular tactical training to stay ready for multiple and widely varied missions.
  • Bomb recovery and analysis: We have two special agent bomb technicians in Kansas City 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 Forces. 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.
  • Hazardous materials: We have a highly trained Hazardous Evidence Response Team that collects evidence in support of terrorism and criminal incidents involving hazardous materials—including chemical, biological, and radiological materials. The team works in concert with local officials and subject matter experts at FBI Headquarters.
  • Translation: The Kansas City Division currently has 13 linguists who are collectively fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, Urdu, Punjabi, Albanian, Italian, Farsi, Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Romanian, German, Somali, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinses. They translate written documents and audio files for terrorism, espionage, and criminal cases; assist agents by interpreting during live interviews; and provide cultural awareness to agents and other employees.

For more information on the FBI and its capabilities, see our About Us webpage.