FBI Atlanta
Public Affairs Specialist Kevin Rowson
(770) 216-3331
July 26, 2018

FBI Atlanta Celebrates the FBI’s 110th Birthday

ATLANTA—On July 26, 2018, the FBI celebrates 110 years of public service. In honor of this milestone, we reflect on our history and look forward to the future of the organization. At FBI Atlanta, Headquarters, and across all field offices, we are highlighting the FBI’s history and recognizing the people and work of the FBI.

Much has changed since the FBI was established, but many critical attributes remain the same. The Bureau now operates in a digital world where crime not only crosses state lines, but also international borders—in the blink of an eye. Our best traditions have not changed: our rigorous adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law, and the guiding principles in our motto of Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.

From its earliest days as an organization, the FBI has had a presence in Atlanta. Lewis Josiah Baley was appointed as the first special agent in charge by 1911. To date he is the longest serving SAC at FBI Atlanta.

“The Atlanta Field Office has played a major law enforcement role in the state of Georgia for more than a century,” said J. C. “Chris” Hacker, special agent in charge. “We will continue to tackle a wide variety of crimes along with our law enforcement partners, from health care fraud to terrorism, from child pornography to corruption in government. Our goal has always been to protect the citizens of Georgia and uphold our Constitution.”

The FBI was established on July 26, 1908, by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte with just 34 special agents and was officially named the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. The FBI has grown to nearly 37,000 employees, including more than 13,500 special agents and over 22,800 professional staff employees in 56 field offices, more than 400 resident agencies, and 90 legal attaché offices and sub-offices worldwide.

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