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Our People and Capabilities

Our People and Capabilities


The Cincinnati Evidence Response Team demonstrates
methods to identify important crime scene evidence.

The FBI employees in the Cincinnati Division provide a unique mix of talents and experience that enables us to help protect you, your family, and your workplaces from a full range of national security threats and major crime problems. 

Our office consists of special agents and a variety of specialized professionals such as intelligence and financial analysts, investigative specialists, support services technicians, language specialists, paralegals, electronics technicians, and security experts. Working together, we use these talents and resources each day to help make our nation and our neighborhoods even safer places to live. 

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. 

In the Cincinnati Division, our investigative programs fall under five major categories:

Our special agents are assigned to a squad in one of these categories and work each day on cases related to criminal activity in that area.

Among our specialized capabilities:

  • Evidence Recovery and Processing: In Southern Ohio, we have two eight-member Evidence Response Teams made up of special agents and other professionals 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. Our teams in the Cincinnati Division use advanced technology and crime scene investigation methods to carefully and thoroughly collect, document, preserve, and analyze evidence that may be vital to a criminal investigation. The teams also coordinate with the FBI Laboratory and assist local law enforcement agencies upon request.
An FBI SWAT vehicle stands ready
  • Tactical Support and Crisis Response: We have an advanced SWAT (Specialized Weapons and Tactics) team that can enter 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. The FBI also has a Hostage Rescue Team designed specifically to locate and liberate victims in hostage situations around the world.
  • Bomb Recovery and Analysis: We have a special agent bomb technician in Cincinnati who can test and render safe a variety of explosive devices. The specially trained agent responds to calls of suspicious packages or objects and is deployed during bombing investigations, often working closely with our Joint Terrorism Task Forces. The bomb technician gathers 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 technician often works and trains with local first responders and law enforcement, sharing specialized training techniques and working to keep our community safe.
  • Hazardous Materials: We have a Weapons of Mass Destruction expert 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. The WMD coordinator works closely with local emergency management officials and first responders to share information, training, and assistance in order to prepare a coordinated response to any hazardous materials incident.
  • Victim Assistance: Our field office has highly trained experts with extensive experience in crisis intervention and social services available to help victims of federal crime. These victim specialists coordinate with government and non-profit agencies to help victims get the support, resources, and information they may need. Our specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can advise victims of their rights and help with securing compensation, emergency housing, counseling, or other support. Victim specialists can also help victims enroll in the Victim Notification System so they can receive updates on the status of the case in which they are involved.
  • Foreign Languages: The Cincinnati Division’s foreign language program provides quality language and analytical services to the FBI and to the intelligence and law enforcement communities, maximizing the deployment of our linguist workforce, language tools, and technology in line with critical intelligence, investigative, and administrative priorities. Across the FBI, linguists with professional fluency in more than 100 languages use their skills to help investigate criminal activity and keep our nation safe. If you can fluently read, write, speak, and listen to a specific foreign language, visit the FBI Jobs website for details about linguist positions with the FBI.

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