FBI St. Louis
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July 26, 2018

FBI Celebrates It’s 110th Birthday

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 St. Louis, 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, however—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, the Bureau has had a presence in St. Louis. E. J. Brennan, who later founded the FBI’s special agent training program, was the special agent in charge (SAC) in St. Louis from at least 1911 to 1914.

The current head of St. Louis Division, Richard Quinn, said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the FBI and being part of the FBI.” SAC Quinn, a Florissant native, is grateful to be back in his hometown after being away for 30 years. “St. Louis has changed during the time I was away. But we have a unique opportunity in St. Louis with a new cadre of law enforcement leaders at the federal, state, and local levels, to bring different ideas and perspectives to address the threats in this community.”

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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