Our People and Capabilities
Our People and Capabilities
Our people in Salt Lake 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 employees not only include special agents, but also a variety of specialized professionals such as intelligence and financial analysts, investigative specialists, support services technicians, language specialists, paralegals, electronics technicians, and security experts.
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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 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 Salt Lake City, we have Evidence Response Teams stationed in Utah, Idaho, and Montana to quickly respond to incidents in each state. These teams are 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, analyze blood stains and splatters, determine bullet trajectories, recover DNA, gather and process the smallest of clues, and more. The teams coordinate with the FBI Laboratory and assist local law enforcement upon request.
- Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL): Our Intermountain West RCFL applies this same evidentiary concept to the digital world. Our forensic examiners are experts at retrieving evidence from a vast array of digital devices, at processing that evidence in a way that maintains its integrity for use in court, and at presenting the results of their findings to investigators. See our Partnerships page to learn more about other agencies that support the RCFL.
- Tactical support and crisis response: We have a 25-member SWAT (Specialized Weapons and Tactics) team that can handle 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.
- Bomb recovery and analysis: We have four special agent bomb technicians in Salt Lake City who can respond to suspicious items and possible explosive devices. They have the capability to perform diagnostic and “render safe” procedures. They are involved in explosive investigations and often work closely with our Joint Terrorism Task Forces. They gather 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 HAZMAT team that 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. This team is trained to safely collect evidence in a hazardous environment.
- 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. In Salt Lake City, we have 51 professional linguists who cover 18 languages and 33 dialects. Our linguists hold advanced degrees in a variety of areas, including engineering, computer science, biochemistry, accounting, and criminal justice.
- Victim Assistance: The FBI Victim Assistance Program was established to help victims who have suffered direct or indirect physical, emotional, psychological, or financial harm as a result of a federal felony offense. Crime can have a devastating effect on victims and their families, who often need help coping with the impact on their lives. Our victim specialists are highly-trained professionals who can provide victim support, information, and resources to effectively meet specific needs, including details on victim rights, crime victim compensation, community resources, and the federal criminal justice system. The Salt Lake City Division has a total of seven victim specialists in Utah, Idaho, and Montana, and they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on FBI and its capabilities, see our About Us webpage.