Tuesday, August 30, 2011

FBI in Montana: 08/30/11

Resident Agency placard
The FBI has 10 satellite offices, or resident agencies, in Montana under the
governance of the Salt Lake Field Office in Utah.

FBI in Montana
In Resident Agencies, Agents are ‘Jacks of All Trades’
08/30/11
In the early days of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, popular lore has it that agents who botched a job risked exile to the Bureau’s remote field office in Butte, Montana. The field office closed in 1989, but the FBI still sends plenty of agents to the Big Sky state. It’s not a punitive measure, but a concerted effort to tackle the same threats confronting the rest of the country.
“If you think this is a sleepy little burg, think again,” says Scott Cruse, an assistant special agent in charge in Helena, one of 10 satellite offices, or resident agencies, in Montana under the governance of the Salt Lake City Field Office, which also covers Utah and Idaho. Priorities here largely mirror those of every other field office: fraud, corruption, cyber scams, child pornography, terrorism, criminal networks. “We may not have the large enterprises in Montana, but we work it up the chain,” Cruse says. “We follow that thread.” (More.)

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