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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.

San Antonio Division personnel possess a mix of talents and experience enabling the FBI to help protect you, your families, and your workplaces from a wide range of national security threats and major crime problems. We are not only special agents, but also 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 Response Team (ERT): In San Antonio, we have a 24-member ERT made up of special agents, professional support employees, 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 to conduct a variety of technical tasks, including taking photographs, diagramming and surveying scenes, fingerprinting, analyzing blood stains and splatters, determining bullet trajectories, recovering DNA, gathering and processing the smallest of clues, and more. ERT members coordinate evidence collection and processing with the FBI Laboratory, and they 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.
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team: San Antonio has a tactical support and crisis response capability to carry out high-risk arrests and search warrants. SWAT capabilities include assaulting buildings and vehicles, breaching locks and other structures, arresting armed and dangerous criminals, rescuing hostages, patrolling and providing operational security, navigating tough terrain by climbing and rappelling, using special techniques to stop fleeing cars, and conducting site surveys for special events. SWAT members are highly trained and heavily equipped, with expertise in a variety of weapons, including pistols, assault and sniper rifles, and shotguns.
  • Bomb Recovery and Analysis (Bomb Tech): San Antonio has specially trained special agent bomb technicians 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 JTTF. Bomb techs 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 (TEDAC). Bomb techs often work and train with local first responders and law enforcement.
  • Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction (HAZMAT/WMD): We have specially trained HAZMAT/WMD special agents who respond to terrorist and criminal incidents involving hazardous materials—including chemical, biological, and radiological. These agents work in concert with local officials and with WMD experts at FBI Headquarters.
  • Language Specialists: 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.
  • Victim Assistance: The FBI’s Victim Assistance Program provides support to individuals and businesses that have suffered physical, emotional, and/or financial harm as a result of the commission of a federal crime (violent crime, severe trauma, acts of terrorism, fraud, etc.). Many victims have questions and problems that arise during an investigation. Our Victim Assistance Program helps answer those questions and get problems solved. Our victim specialists are responsible for coordinating services for victims and act as a liaison with federal, state, and local victim/witness service organizations and programs. Victim specialists can also provide information and referral for financial help or support services for needs resulting from violent crimes. For more information, contact San Antonio Victim Specialist Dorothy L. Montgomery at (210) 302-8601.

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