Role of FBI Law Enforcement in the United States
The FBI refers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the highest law enforcement
agency in the United States. The agency is considered a domestic intelligence and security
service and it operates under the jurisdiction of the united states department of justice. The
agency reports to the country’s attorney general as well as the director of national intelligence.
The federal Bureau of investigation agency is a unique law enforcement agency as it deals with
both intelligence and the enforcement of the law (Roberson). Formed in 1908 during the
Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, the bureau’s main roles at the time involved national banking
fraud, land frauds, as well as criminals who crossed state lines to avoid prosecution. However,
over the years, the Bureau of investigation has included various other roles to investigate and
capture treacherous criminals in the US as well as protect the country against terroristic attacks.
The role of the FBI agent has evolved over the years since its formation, and the agency
currently plays a broad array of tasks both within and outside the boundaries of the country.
Combating and Protecting the Country from Terroristic Attacks
After the 9/11 terroristic attacks in the US, law enforcement believed that the attacks
could have not happened had there been greater corporation between law enforcement agencies.
Thus, the FBI and sixteen other agencies were given the role of conducting intelligence and
protecting the country against future terrorist threats and attacks. The FBI has the responsibility
to perform cross-agency information sharing in matters related to counterterrorism and
counterintelligence (Brady). Prior to the 9/11 attacks, the majority of the federal bureau of
investigation cases were focused on drugs and white-collar crimes representing up to 50% of the
cases. However, by the year 2006, the numb...