August 18, 2016

Cadre of Special Agent Candidates Gathers in D.C

Recruiting Event Supports FBI Commitment to a Diverse Workforce 

Queue of candidates gathering in Washington, D.C. for qualified special agent candidates of different racial and ethnic backgrounds

Candidates line up at a recruiting event in Washington, D.C. for qualified special agent candidates of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

“I want to ensure diversity is a part of the DNA of the FBI...until it becomes who we are.”

So said FBI Director James B. Comey earlier this week at a Bureau-sponsored gathering in Washington, D.C. for qualified special agent candidates of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds. During the Diversity Agent Recruitment event for aspiring agents, Comey told participants that diversity is a priority within the Bureau because a diverse workforce is a strong workforce.


The August 17 information session was designed for highly qualified, diverse applicants from the Washington, D.C. metro area, but drew hundreds of applicants from around the country as well. Participants learned firsthand about the skills and competencies required to become agents. They also had the opportunity to speak with current FBI agents who shared their own on-the-job experiences.

In addition to Comey and other FBI personnel, the event featured a keynote speech from retired former FBI Executive Director Mike Mason, who encouraged applicants to see past any possible mistrust or misgivings about joining law enforcement and follow their passion to serve. “Never give up,” Mason said. “Be the person you know you are.”

This week’s event was one component of the FBI’s overall commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce in order to connect with the communities we serve. More informational sessions and outreach events are planned for cities and college campuses throughout the country.

“I want to ensure diversity is a part of the DNA of the FBI."

James B. Comey, FBI Director