Our People & Capabilities
Our People and Capabilities
|Members of the Computer Analysis Response Team (CART)
specialize in gathering digital evidence through the
examination, acquisition, and preservation of stored
information in computers and other electronic devices.
Our people in New York 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: In New York, we have Evidence Response Teams made up of special agents and other specialists who are sent to crime scenes to secure the area and exhaustively gather and process physical evidence. Each team member has a forensic specialty and has been extensively trained. They can take photographs, diagram and survey scenes, gather fingerprints, determine bullet trajectories, recover DNA, gather and process the smallest of clues, and more. The teams coordinate with the FBI Laboratory and assist both local and international law enforcement upon request. The New York Division also has Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team (USERT), one of four FBI dive teams dedicated to retrieving evidence from underwater environments. Our highly-trained and well-equipped 12-member team conducts underwater crime scene investigations and complex searches. The team responds to locations worldwide and has been involved in such major investigations as the mid-air explosion of TWA Flight 800, the Columbia Shuttle crash, and the 2007 Interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis.
The New York Office’s 46-member SWAT team is
highly trained and heavily equipped, with expertise
in a variety of weapons.
- Tactical support and crisis response: We have a 46-member SWAT (Specialized Weapons and Tactics) team that 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. We also have a Hostage Rescue Team designed specifically to locate and liberate victims in hostage situations.
- Global crisis response: We have a group of agents who, in addition to their regular duties, are ready at a moment’s notice to respond to large-scale investigations overseas. They are part of New York’s Rapid Deployment Team (RDT), which includes SWAT, ERT, and USERT capabilities and a general investigative and support element.
- Crisis negotiation: Our Crisis Negotiation Team is dedicated to disrupting, preventing, and defeating criminal-related hostage takings against U.S. citizens and American interests domestically and internationally. The team, which consists of special agents who receive specialized training in crisis and hostage negotiation, can also respond to kidnappings and extortion matters.
- Bomb recovery and analysis: We have five special agent bomb technicians in New York 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 HAZMAT experts who can respond to terrorist attacks and criminal incidents involving hazardous materials—including chemical, biological, and radiological—working in concert with local officials and with Weapons of Mass Destruction experts at FBI Headquarters.
- Translation: Our group of language specialists can translate written documents and audio files in a variety of languages for terrorism, espionage, and criminal cases. They also join agents on cases, translating during live interviews and even during undercover operations.
For more information on FBI and its capabilities, see our About Us webpage.