The Seattle Division has been involved in some high profile criminal cases, such as determining the identity of the Green River Killer and helping to end the reign of terror caused by the white supremacist group The Order. Seattle-based FBI agents also solved the infamous Tylenol murder case.
The Seattle’s FBI Field Office has also been involved in the pursuit of terrorists, including arresting international terrorist Earnest James Ujaama and pursuing members of eco-terrorist groups such as the Earth Liberation Front.
In addition to pursuing terrorists and serial killers, FBI agents in the Seattle Division are also involved in the fight against
- Cyber Crime
- Human Trafficking
- Drug Trafficking
- Civil Rights Violations
- White Collar Crime
- Bank Robberies
How to Become an FBI Special Agent in Seattle: Training and Degree Requirements
Washington State citizens who wish to help fight crime and terrorism are encouraged to seek formal training to become FBI agents. Qualifications to join the FBI in Washington State include:
- Citizenship in the U.S. or Northern Mariana Islands
- Age between 23 and 37 years
- Bachelor’s degree or additional training
- Minimum of three years professional experience
- Willingness to travel
FBI jobs in the Seattle Field Office include being specialists in accounting, computer science/information technology, language, and law. Those who apply for the FBI must undergo a background check, drug testing, and a polygraph test to make sure that they can receive a security clearance. Those who are accepted will undergo a rigorous training at FBI Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.
To apply for an FBI position, citizens in Washington can apply online or at the Seattle Field office that is located at 1110 3rd Avenue and can be reached by calling (206) 622-0460.
FBI Field Offices and Jobs in the Seattle Division
In addition to this main Field Office in Seattle, there are eight satellite offices in the state. They include:
In December 2012, as part of a multi-agency task force, FBI agents were involved in a raid that targeted gang members and other high-risk offenders who were living within Whatcom County. 23 adults were arrested, including an individual wanted for kidnapping and other crimes. Agents of the FBI in the Bellingham office are also involved with the Bellingham Counterterrorism Working Group.
- Everett County
The FBI is in partnership with the North Sound Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) in Everett. They have recovered juveniles victimized through prostitution, along with some adults that had been forced into prostitution since they were juveniles.
An Olympia woman was sentenced to prison for embezzlement after stealing over $450,000 from a judge’s association. The FBI agents in Olympia are active in helping to protect children from exploitation through their actions in CETFs.
In December 2012, a Kitsap County bank robber was sentenced to 13 years in prison for robbing four banks and a number of espresso stands.
This is the base of the Inland Northwest Regional Terrorism Task Force. One of the most high profile cases of this task force was the arrest of a white supremacist who had placed a radio-controlled pipe bomb along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. march. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison. FBI agents in Spokane also participate in the Spokane Violent Crime and Gang Enforcement Team.
The FBI satellite office in Tacoma was involved in the arrest of a banker for mortgage fraud that caused the collapse of his bank. Tacoma FBI agents also participate in the South Sound Child Exploitation Task Force and have helped to jail those who profit from the exploitation of juveniles.
The Tri-Cities Violent Gang Task Force operates in this area to combat gangs and other violent crime matters. FBI agents in the Tri-Cities area have helped to investigate major drug trafficking rings and stopped a ring that was distributing several kilograms of cocaine a month in this area.
Recent FBI investigations in Vancouver have involved the possession of over 2 kilograms of methamphetamine and the indictment of a man for sending letters containing white powder to members of Congress.
Recent FBI investigations in Yakima have involved finding a bank robber and unraveling the estate of a man who was suspected of running a Ponzi scheme.