Crystal Bender Sims
Supervisory Special Agent
Jackson Field Office
The majority of my 13-year FBI career has been spent combating violent crimes in New Orleans and Jackson. I worked on the Violent Crime Task Force in New Orleans and was a SWAT operator, Behavioral Analysis Unit coordinator, legal advisor, and cruise ship coordinator.
After completing an 18-month assignment to the Human Resources Division, I was promoted to supervisory spent agent in Jackson. I currently supervise the Safe Streets Task Force, Violent Crime Task Force, Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, and Indian Country investigations. I am also a firearms instructor and physical fitness administrator.
What is the best career or life advice you have to give?
Stay adaptable, because you can discover your true mission. When I joined the FBI, I wanted to be an attorney. However, I soon realized that I wanted to be an agent. My first office was New Orleans, where I worked violent crimes and violent crimes against children cases. I wanted to take my career further and became a SWAT operator. I then had the opportunity to go to Headquarters to see how that works. While I enjoyed my experience, my true interest was being directly involved in combating crime. My advice is to pursue what you love, and for me, that is investigating violent crime.
Share the thing you’re most proud of from your FBI career.
I’m most proud of the people I’ve worked with and the opportunities I’ve been given. The FBI is like no other career, and I’m honored to say I’m a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.