The Melodrama of Catching the Villain
The premise of good conquering evil is often the subject of many fascinating books, action packed thrillers and popular television crime dramas. Dating all the way back to biblical times, featuring such characters as Cain and Abel or David vs. Goliath, this type of storyline has captured the imagination of people throughout the world. There is something very satisfying about watching the cops with the badges and guns hunt down the elusive criminals in the search for justice. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover began the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Program” on March 14, 1950.
The Type of Criminals on the FBI Most Wanted List
Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001 in which nearly 3,000 Americans were killed, Osama bin Laden has remained at the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list. They are currently offering a reward of $25 million for information leading to the apprehension or conviction of this terrorist. The type of criminals sought has changed over time with the focus now squarely on individuals tied to organized crime, international drug trafficking, serial killers and terrorists. All fugitives remain on the list until they are either captured, killed or the charges are dropped, which has only happened in 15 cases since its inception. The next fugitive to be placed on the list is chosen from a pool of 6,000 to 8,000 fugitives that the FBI searches for each day.
Resources Used in Catching the Criminals on the FBI Most Wanted List
According to the FBI, 460 of the 491 individuals that have been on the Top Ten list have been caught with the help of the public. The two main criteria the FBI uses when adding people to the list are determining if the person is a menace to society and if putting them on the list will increase their chances of being caught. The evolution of technology has played a large part in catching the bad guys. With more sophisticated communication devices such as the cell phone and Internet, information flows much quicker. On a daily basis, the FBI follows up on tips received by the public and law enforcement agencies throughout the world, including Interpol. They also attribute much of their success in working with the America’s Most Wanted television series hosted by John Walsh. Thousands of viewers each week phone in tips after watching the show.
How to Become An FBI Agent
Any United States Citizen can become an FBI Special Agent if they are between the ages of 23 to 37 years old at the time of hiring. They must be deemed physically fit by the FBI’s Chief Medical Officer and be skilled with firearms and defensive tactics. Individuals that wish to pursue a degree in criminal justice are often top candidates to join the FBI. Since it is a highly competitive field, graduates with an degree in computer science, homeland security, foreign languages and political science are also considered ahead of others. Joining the FBI can be an exciting career investigating white collar and organized crime, terrorism, fraud, corruption and cyber-terrorism. Agents will take part in making arrests, conducting raids, interviewing witnesses and will work with law enforcement agencies throughout the world. They will face dangerous and intense situations while traveling throughout the country. Coupled with a handsome annual salary at an average of $74,403 for a federal occupation, and along with government benefits, this can be one of the most exciting and rewarding careers to pursue.
Salary and wage information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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