Father and son agents Jesse and Robert Strider served in our Los Angeles office from the 1940s through the 1970s, tackling a variety of cases. Jesse S. Strider (left) served as an agent from 1943 to 1973; Robert W. Strider was appointed an agent in 1956 and retired in 1976. For more information on our earliest African-American investigators, see http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/february/history_021511. Today, the FBI employs more than 4,500 African-Americans as agents and other professionals around the globe.