The Little Rock field office is responsible for overseeing all FBI jobs in the entire state. There are also a series of smaller FBI offices, known as satellite offices or residential agencies, which are responsible for operating on a smaller, local level. The satellite offices in the state of Arkansas are located in:
- El Dorado
- Fort Smith
- Hot Springs
- Pine Bluff
Since Arkansas has so many satellite offices, FBI jobs in Little Rock involve performing very specialized duties and working with local law enforcement on a very intimate level, much more than in other states.
FBI Jobs at the Little Rock
In Little Rock, the FBI is made up of Special Agents, which are responsible for performing the many duties related to general investigation and evidence analysis. But, there are many more specialized and technical FBI jobs available in the state.
These jobs include intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, investigative specialists, support services technicians, language specialists, paralegals, electronic technicians and security experts. These agents are formed into many different teams, which are responsible for handling very specific aspects of the investigation process.
Evidence Response Team: Little Rock is home to a 17-member team. These teams will cordon off crime scenes, take photographs and then collect and analyze various types of evidence that was obtained at the scene. The evidence can be physical evidence such as blood samples, DNA evidence and fingerprints. Other types of evidence can be more technical, such as mapping bullet trajectories, identifying weapons used to commit the crime and the analysis of blood splatter patterns in order to determine what happened during the commission of the crime.
Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT): The Little Rock field office has a 13-member SWAT team, which is responsible for handling crimes that are very dangerous. Duties include breaching locked and/ or barricaded buildings, handling hostage crises and negotiations, using tactics to end car chases and the apprehension of armed and dangerous criminals, amongst many other dangerous duties and responsibilities.
The History of FBI Careers in Little Rock, AR
The history of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Little Rock goes all the way back to 1924. At that time, the FBI had an office in the city because of problems with bootleggers during prohibition. But, the office did not last long and it closed soon after. The Little Rock jurisdiction then went through many hands, at various times it was under the supervision of the FBI field offices in Memphis, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It would be another decade before the FBI opened a permanent field office in Arkansas, and it would later take on more responsibilities during World War II. The Cold War brought about different priorities for the FBI, as it focused more on international and intelligence gathering tasks, but eventually the FBI went back to focusing on domestic duties and Little Rock became a much busier field office than it was in the past.