West Virginia FBI Office

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What is an FBI Office?

An FBI Office is one of the 56 Field Offices or 350 Resident Agencies of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI is a national security organization, situated as the primary investigative agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. The FBI's intelligence and law-enforcement authorities and responsibilities are designed to protect against security threats to the U.S. The FBI investigates specific crimes under its jurisdiction and provides other law enforcement agencies with a variety of cooperative services. The FBI also gathers, shares, and analyzes intelligence as a member of the U.S. intelligence community.

Much of the intelligence and investigative work of the FBI is carried out at FBI Field Offices. A Special Agent in Charge heads most of the Field Offices, while an Assistant Director in Charge heads the very largest Field Offices. There are subdivisions within the Field Offices, referred to as Resident Agencies, which are located in smaller cities and towns. The Resident Agencies are headed by Supervisory Special Agents.

Criminal investigations by the FBI concentrate on the most significant threats to U.S. society. In addition to investigating major violent crimes, such as mass killings, gang activity, crimes against children, and bank robberies, the FBI leads investigations of white-collar crimes, public corruption, cyber crimes, and civil rights violations. Criminal investigations often involve a high degree of cooperation with other state and local law enforcement agencies and regulatory agencies.

The FBI's Intelligence Branch produces the intelligence necessary to carry out FBI operations and for the FBI to collaborate with partnering agencies. The National Security Branch of the FBI works to detect, deter, and disrupt threats from terrorists and weapons of mass destruction, and conducts counter-intelligence operations. This branch maintains the terrorist watch list and coordinates interrogation activities. The activities of the national security and intelligence programs are integrated into the work of the FBI Field Offices and Resident Agencies.