Research Paper-APA.docx - Running head HISTORY AND FACTS OF...

This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 10 pages.

Running head: HISTORY AND FACTS OF THE FBI1History and Facts of the FBIXXHistory and Facts of the FBI
HISTORY AND FACTS OF THE FBI2IntroductionOne of the most famous law enforcement agencies in the United States is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). There have been many changes and improvements to the FBI overthe past century. Without great leaders, the FBI would not be where it is today. The agency known as the FBI was founded in 1908 and has been involved in many cases such as the BeltwaySnipers, Brink’s robbery, and the Black Dahlia (Federal Bureau of Investigation, n.d.). Throughout history, there have been significant events that changed the FBI, including Hoover’s reforms and death, as well as the Watergate Era and 9/11. There are also more changes that may improve the functionality of the FBI and help with the ability to solve cases. The FBI is an important part of the United States’ law enforcement. Founding the FBIOn July 26, 1908, a memo was signed by Attorney General, Charles J. Bonaparte, which made available a regular force of special agents who could investigate certain cases of the Department of Justice (Federal Bureau of Investigation, n.d.). This was the beginning of the agency currently referred to as the FBI. During this time there was much corruption in politics and no one to investigate and enforce the law. At this time there were not many federal criminal laws and only a few federal agencies, such as the Secret Service, to enforce national crime and security issues (Federal Bureau of Investigation, n.d.). President Roosevelt did not have tolerancefor corruption. He believed in the law and enforcing the laws, under Roosevelt’s leadership the FBI got its start (Federal Bureau of Investigation, n.d.). However, in March of 1909, Attorney General George Wickersham, named the force the Bureau of Investigation (Pike, 2003). That
HISTORY AND FACTS OF THE FBI3name would remain until 1935, when the department was permanently renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Pike, 2003). MottoThe motto of the FBI is “fidelity, bravery, and integrity.” The origins of the motto have been traced to Inspector W.H. Drane Lester, who was the editor of the employee magazine, The Investigator. Lester made a statement in September 1935 which said:At last, we have a name that lends itself to dignified abbreviation the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which quite naturally becomes “F B I.” In the past, our nicknames, which the public are so prone to give us, have been many and varied. “Justice Agents,” “D. J. Men”, “Government Men” are, but a few of them, with the Bureau itself, incorrectly referred to as “Crime Bureau,” “Identification Bureau” and “Crime Prevention Bureau.” The latest appellation, and perhaps the one which has become most widespread, is “G-Men’, an abbreviation itself for “Government Men.”But “F B I” is the best and one from which we might well choose our motto, for those initials also represent the three things for which the Bureau and its

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture