The largest city in New Jersey, Newark is approaching a population of 300,000. The FBI Division based in Newark covers a total of 18 counties with an additional five satellite branches located in Atlantic City, Somerset, Woodland Park, Red Bank, and Trenton. The address of the Newark field office is: Claremont Tower; 11 Centre Place, Newark NJ 07102.
Among the FBI’s principal goals is combating major organized crime, a task that gives agents plenty of work considering the regions proximity to the largest city in the country, and the history of mob activity in the area. In the 1990s there was a focus on drug cartels operating in the vicinity that were based south of the border. United Airlines Flight 93 also happened to take off from Newark before it was hijacked by terrorists on September 11th, 2001, bringing agents into the 21st century with an entirely new focus.
Today the division’s primary goal is to prevent another terrorist attack on American soil. However FBI jobs in Newark also focus on white-collar crimes, fighting public corruption, upholding civil rights, thwarting foreign intelligence operations, and fighting against fraud. Just recently, 18 people across several states were arrested by agents including those from the Newark Division on suspicion of being involved in a $200 million credit card fraud scam.
Professional Staff and Special Agents in Newark
FBI jobs in Newark can be classed in two divisions: professional staff and special agents. Professional staff are experts in their fields, working in such roles as:
- Intelligence Analysis
- Engineering and Technology
- Business Management
- FBI Police
- Investigative Support and Surveillance
Special agents in the Newark Division have training in various areas including:
- Evidence recovery and processing
- Bomb recovery and analysis
- Computer forensics
- Hazardous Materials and WMDs
- Tactical support and crisis response
How to Become an FBI Agent in Newark
FBI requirements in Newark include the following:
- U.S. citizen
- Between the ages of 23-36
- Four-year college degree from an accredited institution
- Two years of professional work experience
- No prior felony convictions
- Be willing to relocate anywhere within the FBI’s jurisdiction
Upon meeting these minimum requirements, the prospective agent must then qualify into at least one entry program in the areas of accounting, computer science (IT), language, diversified, and law. Skills in related fields will also be credited. The prospective agent must then pass two levels of tests, a physical fitness test, background investigation, and medical examination before being considered for placement in the FBI Academy for a 21-week intensive training course.
Recent Success Stories out of the Newark Division Office
- A former Ridgewood woman was sentenced in connection with a real estate scam.
- A Morris County man and former police chief were charged in an extortion case.
- 11 people across the state of New Jersey were arrested in a large-scale Medicaid fraud scheme.
- A Union County resident was indicted for distributing child pornography over the internet.