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Our People and Capabilities

Our People and Capabilities

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Since crime scenes can be
anywhere, our evidence teams are
trained to reach tough places.

Our people in Springfield possess a mix of talents and experience that enable us to help protect you, your families, and your workplace from a full range of national security threats and major crime problems.

Our employees are not only 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.

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:

  • Springfield’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) is made up of special agents and other specialists who are trained in investigating crime scenes and collecting physical evidence using forensic science techniques. The ERT is equipped to respond to crime scenes and to collect and record physical evidence using current scientific standards and procedures so that it can be effectively analyzed in a forensic laboratory and stand up to scrutiny in a court of law. ERT personnel receive advanced training in post-blast investigations, latent fingerprint processing, forensic anthropology, mapping of skeletal remains, digital evidence collection, bullet trajectory, and crime scene photography.
  • 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 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.
  • Tactical support and crisis response: We have a 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.
  • Bomb recovery and analysis: Our special agent bomb technicians in Springfield can test and render safe a variety of explosive devices. These agents respond to calls of suspicious packages or objects and are deployed during bombing investigations, often working closely with our Joint Terrorism Task Forces. The agents 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 tech agents often work and train with local first responders and law enforcement.

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