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Running Head: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity 1 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity Final Exam Tierene Jordan December 1, 2014 CJ 519: Special Topics in Justice Dr. Joyce Montgomery-Scott Grambling State University
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity 2 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) After recently seeing a cinematic motion picture of the life of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), this criminal justice agency peaked to my interest and curiosity to learn more about it. The history and the activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) go as far back as 1908 and has had a rocky road since its start and shaped the criminal justice system as we know it today. It would be hard to believe that everything we look at as mandatory procedures today, such as, collecting evidence at the scene of the crime and taking finger prints were not practiced at first. Our criminal justice system relies heavily on forensic evidence to bring a person to justice, but this way of doing things was not easily accepted as valid and reliable at first. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has came a long way and aided in shaping the way the criminal justice system does things and introducing new technologies to bring an offender to justice. J. Edgar Hoover served 48 years as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after his death in 1972 the United States’ Government passed a law stating that no one director can serve over 10 years. J. Edgar Hoover, during his 48 year service, introduced America and the criminal justice system to the standards, procedures, and practices we do today. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) started on July 26, 1908 by Attorney General Charles Bonaparte during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Today we don’t see how important making the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is to America. Before the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was established the individual states had their own jurisdiction and
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity 3 could not cross over to another sates jurisdiction, so if a criminal committed a crime in one state it was no way the other state would know about it or probably possibly do anything about it. When the United States became more industrialized by transportation such as railroads and cars, people could go and travel far and more often than times before and that means easy access for a criminal, especially a traveling one. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) could investigate crimes and matters across the state lines and utilize investigating the entire United States. But this power did not come easy at first; even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had power to cross state lines, still the local police had the upper hand and more power over matters than the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). At the time the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) started there were very few federal crimes, so they mostly investigated white collar crimes.

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