Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Joseph W. Koletar
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the investigative arm of the Department of Justice and has the widest jurisdiction of any federal law enforcement agency. It is the primary agency for the investigation of more than 200 federal statutes and also collects evidence in any cases in which the U.S. government is a litigant or an interested party, including both criminal and civil matters. The FBI plays an influential role in local and state law enforcement through collection and publication of crime data statistics through the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) on a quarterly basis; through operation of the National Crime Information Center, a nationwide criminal justice information network that receives and provides records checks from police within the United States and internationally on stolen property, wanted persons or warrant information, criminal history data, missing children, and unidentified body parts; and through operation of the National Academy (FBINA), a three-month ...