FBI encourages women, minorities to apply to agency as it recruits in pandemic

Aaron Martinez, El Paso Instances
Printed 2:33 p.m. MT June 24, 2020 | Up to date three:22 p.m. MT June 24, 2020


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The COVID-19 pandemic has not halted the FBI’s seek for new brokers and workers as they encourage all El Pasoans, particularly girls and minorities, to affix the company.

“Though the FBI has stopped in-person outreach and recruitment occasions, we’re nonetheless very a lot hiring,” FBI El Paso Particular Agent Martha Terrazas stated. “We’re doing digital meet-and-greets and digital conferences. Our recruitment efforts haven’t stopped.”

The FBI seeks candidates from numerous backgrounds and teaching programs. The important thing areas they’re in search of embody science, know-how, engineering and arithmetic.

FBI El Paso Particular Agent Martha Terrazas discusses the necessities for becoming a member of the company throughout a Jun 24, 2020 digital information convention. (Photograph: Courtesy FBI El Paso)

With a purpose to apply, candidates have to be between the ages of 23 and 36 years outdated, a U.S. citizen and have a bachelor’s diploma. As a part of the method to turn out to be an agent, candidates should go the FBI health take a look at and go an in depth background test.

“All the ladies on the market, apply,” Terrazas stated. “The FBI is huge on range. We need to signify our communities. We would like all people within the workplace to signify the place we’re.”

In accordance with Terrazas, girls make up 43% of all FBI workers, though solely 20% of particular brokers within the FBI are girls.

The FBI’s workforce is fabricated from 48% minorities with 6.5% being Hispanic particular brokers and four.four% African People particular brokers, she stated.

“There’s a place for everyone within the FBI,” Terrazas stated.

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The application process can take up to a year. The estimated starting salary for special agents is about $70,000, Terrazas said.

Once accepted into the program, new agents will be assigned to one of the 56 offices throughout the U.S., Terrazas said.

New agents are assigned to FBI offices that have the most need for agents. Although, new agents are given a chance to rank the offices they would most like to go to during the FBI academy.

“It is important to take this into consideration,” Terrazas said. “You need to have that conversation. You need to sit down and say ‘this is how it is and are we willing to do this.’ Sit down and look at the 56 field offices, start numbering them in order of preference and what works for you and your family.”

New special agents could be assigned right out of the academy to the criminal investigation side or national security.

“You could be working violent crimes against child investigations or counter terrorism.” Terrazas said. “It depends on where they need you…What we want when you come in is a well-rounded agent. You will get experience and exposure to everything in the office. They are going to put you where they need you and that is how it is for every new agent.”

The application is done in two main phases after an applicant applies for the agency and is screened by FBI officials.

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Phase one includes supplying additional needed information to the agency, a meet and greet session and finally a review process.

The second phase includes the physical fitness test and an extensive background check.

The FBI created a phone application, FBI FitTest, to help applicants train for the physical portion of the FBI entry exam.

The app can be download at the Apple or Google Play stores on any smartphones. The app does not track or download any personal information from the user’s phone, Terrazas said.

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The FBI is also seeking professional support staff. Staff do not have to undergo the fitness test, but must be a U.S. citizen and complete an extensive background check to receive top security clearance.

The agency also is looking for college interns for its 13-week Honor Internship Program.

Interest college students must apply between mid-August to mid-September.

“It is truly an amazing opportunity,” Terrazas said. “They will be working in our office, sitting with our agents and going out to do different activities with the agents.”

For more information and to apply to the FBI, visit FBIjobs.gov.

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Aaron Martinez may be reached at 915-546-6249; [email protected]; @AMartinezEPT on Twitter.

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