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Our People and Capabilities

Our People and Capabilities

Evidence Response Team member rapelling down a pine wall
Since crime scenes can be anywhere,
our evidence teams are trained
to reach tough places.

Our people in Oklahoma City 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 people 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:

  • Evidence recovery and processing: In Oklahoma City, we have three eight-member Evidence Response Teams made up of special agents and other specialists who are sent to crime scenes to secure the area and exhaustively gather and process physical evidence. Each team member has a forensic specialty and has been extensively trained. These individuals can take photographs, diagram and survey scenes, gather fingerprints, analyze blood stains and splatters, determine bullet trajectories, recover DNA, gather and process the smallest of clues, and more. The teams coordinate with the FBI Laboratory and assist local law enforcement upon request.
  • 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.
  • Tactical support and crisis response: We have a 15-member SWAT (Specialized Weapons and Tactics) team that, at the discretion of the special agent in charge, can be called up to respond to a myriad of high risk situations anywhere in the state or around the world if needed. The SWAT team can arrest armed and dangerous subjects; serve high-risk warrants; handle barricaded subjects; track and apprehend subjects who have fled into rural areas; maneuver all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, trains, and passenger aircraft to effect arrests or rescue hostages; provide dignitary protection and security; and conduct site surveys and security for major events. SWAT resources can also be used to provide reconnaissance or surveillance of high-risk subjects or locations to provide real-time intelligence if needed. The team is highly trained and heavily equipped, with expertise in a variety of weapons, including pistols, assault and sniper rifles, and chemical munitions.
  • Bomb Technicians: We have three special agent bomb technicians in Oklahoma City who are trained to render safe IEDs and other explosive devices. They respond to calls of suspicious packages, deploy during bombing investigations, and work closely with our Joint Terrorism Task Forces. They gather diagnostic information from conventional and unconventional weapons that may be used in the render safe process and then relay that data to FBI Headquarters and the national Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center. As subject matter experts, our bomb technicians work with and train first responders and specialists domestically and internationally.
  • Hazardous materials: We have a HAZMAT expert who can respond to terrorist attacks and criminal incidents involving hazardous materials—including chemical, biological, and radiological—working in concert with local officials and with Weapons of Mass Destruction experts at FBI Headquarters.
  • Translation: Our group of language specialists can translate written documents and audio files in a variety of languages for terrorism, espionage, and criminal cases. They also join agents on cases, translating during live interviews and even during undercover operations.

For more information on the FBI and its capabilities, see our About Us webpage.