Wednesday, the FBI made a major announcement about it:
The FBI Recognizes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Those That #ServeWithSTEM
On November 8, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recognizes the importance of the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All of these disciplines and the skills inherent to them are vital instruments within law enforcement, whether it be in the development of tools and technology that aid our investigations or the skills necessary to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States against threats foreign and domestic.
In today’s world, every investigation is touched by science and technology and may also involve mathematics and aspects of engineering. The FBI’s mission-driven work is constantly changing and expanding to meet the challenges imposed by rapid advancements in technology, evolving terrorism and foreign intelligence threats, and increasingly sophisticated criminal actions. In order to continue to address a changing threat landscape, the FBI develops cutting-edge technology and uses science to identify subjects, discover their motives, and reconstruct their activities leading up to and during a crime.
STEM skilled and trained personnel are an integral part of the FBI and are embedded across all 56 field offices and Headquarters locations. The FBI has long lauded the benefits of a diverse workforce and has representatives from the communities we serve. The FBI offers a variety of careers paths for those with STEM backgrounds, such as special agent, intelligence analyst, computer scientist, electronics engineer, information technology specialist, chemist, biologist, and physical scientist.
Our vision is to stay ahead of the threat through leadership, agility, and integration. One way we are doing this is through our acknowledgment of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in our communities. The FBI actively seeks to create and strengthen relationships with our community partners through volunteer programs and educational outreach academies. Some of these programs promote STEM to include the FBI’s Teen/Youth Academies, Future Agents in Training (FAIT), Safe Online Surfing, and Cyber STEM.