Security Organizations – The History of the FBI

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History of the FBI

John Guandolo utilizes decades of experience in counter-terrorism and other national security matters when helping his clients through the Strategic Engagement Group. Over his career, John Guandolo has worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a special agent and member of its SWAT team, and has published commentaries on FBI counter-terrorism.

The FBI’s roots go back to the early 20th century, when it was called the Bureau of Investigation. Before its founding, the federal government created an organization called the Department of Justice, which was tasked to enforce legislation passed by congress. However, the department had no police with which to carry out investigations. In fact, it relied on private contractors and agents on loan from other government organizations. The creation of the Bureau of Investigation marks the first time the Department of Justice got its own agents.

By the mid-1930s, however, the government re-christened the Bureau of Investigation as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the moniker it retains to this day. In modern times, the FBI continues to function as a police force dedicated to enforcing federal law by investigating crimes varying widely in nature, from insurance fraud to terrorism.