FBI Local Offices

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If Mulder and Scully were on a case anywhere in the United States, realistically they would probably come across the local Field Offices, usually working in collaboration with them. See "Irresitible" for perhaps the best example in the show of how local offices can be used in an X- Files type story.

Organization / What they do / Location / International Offices


Organization

An FBI Field Office is usually overseen by a Special Agent in Charge (SAC), assisted by at least one Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC). Currently all the SACs are men, though there has been one woman in the job once. SAC of a local office is a very sought after position, as they are essentially gods in their own domain. Beneath them, Supervisory Special Agents manage squads of ordinary Special Agents to handle to investigative side, while an Office Services Manager administers support operations.

There are a few special cases. The field offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington DC (this is the Washington Field Office, not Headquarters) are particularly big do they are headed by an Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC), supported by lots of SACs and ASACs.

Anyway, whether they're called SACs or ADICs, whoever is in charge of the field office is responsible to the Director, the Deputy Director or the Assistant Directors.

Agents within the Field Office are usually assigned to one or another of the investigative priorities established by the SAC. This will vary from office to office, as each area has different crime problems. Usual categories include: counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, organized crime, public corruption, and, the two largest, violent crime and white-collar crime.

Each field office has a defined area of jurisdiction. Because this is large, often consisting of a whole state, there are lots of Resident Agencies, which are local offices responsible to the field office. There are about 400 of these in total, averaging out as about 7 for each field office. Some of them are very small, consiting of only one agent, plus support staff, but some are much larger and are headed by a Supervisory Senior Resident Agent.

In "Colony" we see Agent Weiss in the "FBI Field Office, Syracuse," where he is descibed by Skinner as the "Head of the Syracuse Office." Presumably this is a Resident Agency, since there is no field office in Syracuse. In "Irresistible" we are shown the Minneapolis Field Office, which does exist, although we don't see much of how it works.

In addition, there are plenty of "offsites", which are undercover FBI offices, masquerading as shops, companies etc. In New York, about a quarter of the agents are actually based on one of those hidden offices, working undercover or conducting surveillance.


What they do

The field offices are the FBI front line. In real life, it is nearly always agents from the field offices who do the things we see Mulder and Scully do - arrest people, carry out investigations etc.

FBI field agents usually work with the local law enforcement bodies, perhaos more closely than they do to the FBI HQ. Projects like the Safe Streets Initiative are nation-wide projects in which all local law enforcement bodies work closely together to pool expertise in violent crime.

The main link with Headquarters is through the computer system, which is used to search the database which has details of every crime in the whole country. Local agents can also send evidence to the FBI labs for analysis.

A new agent's first posting is normally to a field office, and they traditionally are transferred several times in their careers, often arbitrarily, without getting a choice. Agents with a preference for a particular office can sign up on a waiting list for that office, and... wait.

Some are more popular than others. New York has a reputation for being the worst place to work, due mostly to the traffic and the need to live a long way out of the city in order to get a nice place to live. "Everybody.... was deathly afraid of being sent to New York. You couldn't go any lower than New York," says an agent quoted in Kessler's book. New York agents used to be notorious for returning reports late, and not answering the phone, but were excused, generally, on the grounds that working in New York was punishment. Now, though, New York agents get a lot more money to compensate.


Location

This is a complete list of the 56 FBI field offices. The address has been included, should you want to show Mulder and Scully visiting the local office to work in conjunction with local agents. This list has been taken from the Field Offices page on the FBI Home Page, where you can get the complete addresses and phone numbers, should you want them.

A few of the field offices have their own home pages, and I have included links to these. They vary in usefulness, but they do tend to list the locations of the Resident Agencies, should you wish to find out the nearest FBI presence to any particular town.

Arranged by State: A-G / H-M / N-P / Q-Z

  • Alabama: Birmingham - 2121 8th Avenue North
  • Alabama: Mobile - One St Louis Centre, 1 St Louis Street, 3rd floor
  • Alaska: Anchorage - 101 East Sixth Avenue
  • Arizona: Phoenix - 201 East Indianola Avenue
  • Arkansas: Little Rock - Two Financial Centre, 10825 Financial Centre Parkway
  • California: Los Angeles - Federal Office Building, 11000 Wilshire Boulevard
  • California: Sacramento - 4500 Orange Grove Avenue
  • California: San Diego - Federal Office Building, 9797 Aero Drive
  • California: San Francisco - 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 13th floor
  • Colorado: Denver - Federal Office Building, 1961 Stout Street, 18th floor
  • Connecticut: New Haven - Federal Office Building, 150 Court Street
  • Florida: Jacksonville - 7820 Arlington Expressway
  • Florida: North Miami Beach - 16320 Northwest Second Avenue
  • Florida: Tampa - Federal Office Building, 500 Zach Street
  • Georgia: Atlanta - 2635 Century Parkway
  • Hawaii: Honolulu - Kalanianaole Federal Office Building, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard
  • Illinois: Chicago - E M Dicksen Federal Office Building, 219 South Dearbon Street
  • Illinois: Springfield - 400 West Monroe Street
  • Indiana: Indianapolis - Federal Office Building, 575 North Pennsylvania Street
  • Kentucky: Louisville - 600 Martin Luther King Jr Place
  • Louisiana: New Orleans - 1250 Poydras Street
  • Maryland: Baltimore - 7142 Ambassador Road
  • Massachusetts: Boston - One Center Plaza
  • Michigan: Detroit - P V McNamara Federal Office Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, 26th floor
  • Minnesota: Minneapolis - 111 Washington Avenue, South
  • Mississippi: Jackson - Federal Office Building, 100 West Capitol Street
  • Missouri: Kansas City - US Courthouse, 811 Grand Avenue
  • Missouri: St Louis - L Douglas Abram Federal Building, 1520 Market Street
  • Nebraska: Omaha - 10755 Burt Street
  • Nevada: Las Vegas - 700 East Charleston Boulevard
  • New Jersey: Newark - 1 Gateway Center, 22nd floor
  • New Mexico: Albuqerque - 415 Silver Avenue
  • New York: Albany - James T Foley Building, 445 Broadway
  • New York: Buffalo - One FBI Plaza
  • New York: New York - 26 Federal Plaza, 23rd floor
  • North Carolina: Charlotte - 400 South Tyron Street
  • Ohio: Cincinnati - 550 Main Street
  • Ohio: Cleveland - Federal Office Bulding, 1240 East 9th Street
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma City - 50 Penn Place
  • Oregon: Portland - Crown Plaza Building, 1500 1500 Southwest 1st Avenue
  • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia - William J Green Jr Federal Office Building, 600 Arch Street
  • Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh - US Post Office Building, 700 Grant Street
  • Puerto Rico: San Juan - US Federal Office Building, 150 Carlos Chardon Avenue, Hato Rey
  • South Carolina: Columbia - 1835 Assembly Street
  • Tennessee: Knoxville - John J Duncan Federal Office Building, 710 Locust Street
  • Tennessee: Memphis - Eagle Crest Building, 225 North Humphreys Boulevard
  • Texas: Dallas - 1801 North Lamar
  • Texas: El Paso - 700 East San Antonio Avenue
  • Texas: Houston - 2500 East TC Jester
  • Texas: San Antonio - US Post Office & Courthouse Building, 615 East Houston Street
  • Utah: Salt Lake City - 257 Towers Building, 257 East, 200 South
  • Virginia: Norfolk - 150 Corporate Boulevard
  • Virginia: Richmond - 111 Greencourt Road
  • Washington DC - Washington Metropolitan Field Office, 1900 Half Street, SW
  • Washington: Seattle - 915 Second Avenue
  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee - 330 East Kilbourn Avenue

International Offices

If you want to send Mulder and Scully abroad, many countries have FBI offices. They are not very big. The 23 offices listed below employ only 70 agents. (List correct as of August 1996)

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Manilla, the Philippines
  • Bankok, Thailand
  • Canberra, Australia
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • Bogata, Columbia
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Montevideo, Uruguay
  • London, England
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Bonn, Germany
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Rome, Italy
  • Athens, Greece
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Paris, France
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Vienna, Austria

The FBI also has plans to extend to the following 23 cities by the year 2000. These have already been approved of Congress so will presumably be set up as soon as possible.

  • Bejing, China
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Singapore, Malaysia
  • Lima, Peru
  • Brasilia, Brasil
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Ankara, Turkey
  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
  • New Delhi, India
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Pretoria, South Africa

Thanks for Mary Ruth Keller for sending this list


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