FBIFBI Mission
According to the FBI’s website, the FBI focuses on threats that challenge the foundations of American society or involve dangers too large or complex for any local or state authority to handle alone. In executing the following priorities, they produce and use intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law. Some of their duties include:

  • Protecting the United States from terrorist attacks
  • Protecting the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
  • Protecting the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes
  • Combating public corruption at all levels
  • Protecting civil rights
  • Combating transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises
  • Combating major white-collar crime
  • Combating significant violent crime
  • Supporting federal, state, local and international partners
  • Upgrading technology to successfully perform the FBI’s mission*

Forming Its Name

  • 1908 – Bureau of Investigation created
  • 1932 – renamed “The United States Bureau of Investigation”
  • 1933 – renamed the “Division of Investigation” under the Bureau of Prohibition
  • 1935 – renamed to Federal Bureau of Investigation


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