Our People and Capabilities
Our People and Capabilities
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anywhere, our evidence teams are
trained to reach tough places.
Our people in Los Angeles possess a mix of talents and experience that enable us to help protect you, your families, and your workplaces from a full range of national security threats and major crime problems.
Our employees are not only special agents, but 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:
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- 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.
- The Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (OCRCFL), which opened in January 2011, focuses on all aspects of digital evidence recovery, collection, and analysis. The laboratory consists of federal, state, and local computer forensics examiners who provide a range of services, including expert courtroom testimony and computer training to law enforcement throughout the Central District of California. Visit the OCRCFL website at www.ocrcfl.org.
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- Bomb recovery and analysis: We have four special agent bomb technicians in Los Angeles who can test and render safe a variety of explosive devices. They respond to calls of suspicious packages or objects and are deployed during bombing investigations, often working closely with our Joint Terrorism Task Forces. They 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 techs often work and train with local first responders and law enforcement.
- Hazardous materials: We have a HAZMAT expert and a Weapons of Mass Destruction expert who can respond to terrorist attacks and criminal incidents involving chemical, biological, and radiological hazardous materials. These experts work in concert with local officials and with Weapons of Mass Destruction specialists at FBI Headquarters.
- Translation: Our group of language specialists can translate written documents and audio files in dozens of languages for terrorism, espionage, and criminal cases. They also join agents on cases, translating during live interviews and even during undercover operations.
- Victim assistance: The FBI helps victims who have suffered direct or indirect physical, emotional, psychological, or financial harm as a result of a federal felony offense. Our victim specialists are highly-trained professionals who can provide victim support, information, and resources to effectively meet specific needs, including details on victim rights, crime victim compensation, community resources, and the federal criminal justice system.
- Canines: Supporting the men and women of FBI Los Angeles are two highly-trained canines. Annie, a Catahoula leopard dog, is a narcotics K9 assigned to the San Gabriel Valley Safe Streets Gang Task Force. She supports FBI operations as well as local law enforcement in the region. Salem, a yellow lab, is an explosive detection canine. He was raised at a federal prison in Connecticut as part of the Puppies Behind Bars program.
|Annie, a narcotics canine||Salem, an explosives detection canine|
For more information on the FBI and its capabilities, see our About Us webpage.