FBI Tampa
Public Affairs Officer Andrea Aprea
(813) 253-1033
July 26, 2018

FBI Tampa Celebrates the FBI’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 Tampa, 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.

The FBI Tampa Division was established on June 1, 1960. The territory was previously covered by the Miami Division which had experienced significant growth in the number of investigations and population. The Tampa Division covers 18 counties from Collier to Hernando across the state to Brevard and encompasses more than 16 thousand square miles and a population of 8.3 million.

“It is an honor to be part of this organization and work alongside the brave, selfless people doing extraordinary work every day in our communities”, said Eric W. Sporre, special agent in charge of the FBI Tampa Division. “I encourage individuals with enthusiasm, courage, and patriotism to join our team and carry on the mission and traditions of the FBI.”

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. Follow the FBI on Facebook, Twitter (@FBI), and using the hashtag, #FBI110, for more information.