The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the agency of the U.S. that investigates terrorist threats and other types of crimes that are under its jurisdiction. It is responsible for enforcing over 200 federal laws and helps other agencies ranging from federal to municipal to international with their investigations.
The Milwaukee Field Office was in existence as early as 1917. It has been involved in some high profile terrorist investigations, including bombings at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Milwaukee Office was involved in the investigation and arrest of an individual for an attempt on the life of Governor and Presidential candidate George Wallace. Perhaps the case with the most notoriety was the arrest of the Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in 1991.
Additional crimes investigated by the Milwaukee Field Office include:
- White-Collar Crime
- Cyber Crime
- Human Trafficking
- Drug Trafficking
- Public Corruption
- Civil Rights Violations
How to Become an FBI Special Agent in Milwaukee: Training and Degree Requirements
Citizens of Milwaukee who wish to join the fight against crime and terrorism are encouraged to undergo formal training to join the FBI. Qualifications to join the FBI in Wisconsin include:
- Citizenship in the U.S.
- Age between 23 and 36 years
- Bachelor’s degree or additional training
- Minimum of two years professional experience
- Willingness to travel
Potential FBI jobs in the Milwaukee Field Office include being members of the foreign counterintelligence squad, the cyber crimes squad, or one of two squads that fights white-collar crime. To join the FBI, potential agents must undergo a battery of tests including those for drugs, a background check, and a polygraph test. Agents must be able to have a security clearance. Individuals who are accepted to join the FBI undergo an intensive training program in Quantico, Virginia. To apply for an FBI position, citizens in Wisconsin can apply online or at the Milwaukee Field office that is located at 330 E. Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 600 Milwaukee, WI, 53202 or call (414) 276-4684.
FBI Field Offices and Jobs in the Milwaukee Division
In addition to the Field Office in Milwaukee, there are four satellite offices under its jurisdiction. They include:
- Eau Claire
As a result of the efforts of this office, a Eau Claire man was found guilty of a large mail fraud scheme in December 2012. A recent case that the Eau Claire office is investigating is a case of hackers diverting $150,000 from the payroll of a local school.
- Green Bay
Recent cases being investigated by this office include a bomb threat at Austin Strauble International Airport and a large number of consumer complaints about fraud at an online gun store based in Green Bay. In April 2012, an individual was arrested for arson at a clinic.
- La Crosse
The FBI has been involved in investigating a number of cases over a period of years in which binge drinkers were found dead in the La Crosse River. A La Crosse man pled guilty to bank fraud in 2010 as a result of this office’s efforts.
The culmination of investigative efforts by the Madison Office include that of a college student who was sentenced to 12 years in June 2012 for distributing child pornography and two men who were sentenced in February 2012 for the distribution of crack cocaine. In December 2012, the FBI was able to rescue a juvenile involved in prostitution after having been contacted by the Human Trafficking Resource Center.