FBI Minneapolis Field Office seeks to recruit more women: 'Our goal is to reflect the community we work in' - WCCO | MCU Times

FBI Minneapolis Field Office seeks to recruit more women: ‘Our goal is to reflect the community we work in’ – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – We see female agents catching villains every week on “FBI” shows shown on WCCO. Our local field office hopes that women in Minnesota will consider a real-life career as special agents. Jennifer Mayerle experienced part of the training to see what it takes.

“The FBI is always working to build a diverse workforce. Our goal is to reflect the community we work in,” said recruiter and special agent Brenda Kane.

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Kane says the female specialty agents who showed WCCO’s cameras training did not have a law enforcement background until they came to the agency. Two were lawyers, the other an emergency room nurse.

“A lot of the women that I’ve worked with as agents are excellent interviewers, very compassionate people,” Kane said.

The agency is looking for more women. Kane says the FBI teaches skills such as defensive tactics, firearms and interview techniques.

“As agents, we are lifelong students,” Kane said. “We always train, we learn the latest tactics.”

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The FBI Minneapolis Field Office showed WCCO what a quarterly workout looks like with a simulated arrest.

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“This job is inherently dangerous, there is no way out of it,” Kane said. “Commands are very important when dealing with individuals. We want to be clear and precise so that they know what they can expect from us and what we expect from them. ”

And we saw how to break a door open during an arrest or a search warrant. Mayerle tried it too, noticing that the more she practiced, the more comfortable the movement became.

“The more we do it, the more muscle memory we gain,” Kane said. “And it’s something when we have to use these techniques in real scenarios, we feel safe and competent with these techniques.”

She hopes women who have an interest in the FBI will seek more information.

“Each of us has a different path to the FBI,” Kane said.

The FBI will hold an invitational event on December 7th. To participate, participants must be between 23 and 36 years old, have a four-year education and two years of work experience.

To apply, send an email to MinneapolisApplicants@fbi.gov.

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