Lightning, T. Bear, FBI Agent

Posted on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hello Everyone!

WOW, this last internship was full of surprises … some were very scary!  I spent the day with Abigail’s dad, who is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  When I showed up for work I was arrested because I was mistaken for one of the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives.  I went from being on the Top 10 Most Wanted list to helping the FBI solve a bank robbery mystery that has been unresolved for years!

...mistaken identity!

…mistaken identity!

A case of ...

A case of …

I learned a lot about the FBI today.  Primarily I learned that FBI agents are like Police Officers but with some different responsibilities.  FBI agents are responsible for enforcing over 300 federal laws.  This means that FBI agents investigate cases involving foreign spies (foreign counterintelligence/espionage), bank robbers, kidnappers, drug traffickers, terrorists, cyber (computer) and white collar (accounting fraud) criminals and a host of other people that break the law.  The FBI has agents working all over the world who help to protect not only our community but American citizens all across the globe.

FBI agents must be in good physical condition to defend themselves (this is called defensive tactics).  They must also be comfortable using firearms to protect themselves during arrests of some of the worst criminals in the world.  There is no such thing as a typical day for an FBI agent.  Every day can be different and that is what makes it so much fun.  Some of the different things that FBI agents get to do include testifying in federal court (answering questions before a judge), executing a search warrant at someone’s home or office to collect evidence, meeting/debriefing a source to gather information on illegal activities, making an arrest, or meeting with your squad (other FBI agents) and catching up on paperwork.  FBI agents are always on duty to protect their community and country; this is definitely not a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. type of job.  Although the work is challenging and exciting, FBI agents still have the opportunity to spend quality time with their families (Abigail told me this was true!).

I helped...

I helped…

FBI agents work very closely with all other law enforcement officers and agencies.  However, most importantly is the FBI’s interaction with the general public because it is the honest people who provide most of the information needed to solve crimes worked by the FBI.  I was even able to help the FBI solve the bank robbery mystery for which I was wrongly accused (see my pictures conducting an interrogation and arrest).

... catch this bad guy!

… catch this bad guy!

If we didn’t have the FBI, I think there would be more criminals walking free around the world to victimize other people like me … phew!  I’m glad the FBI realized that I’m not a criminal and I’m especially glad that those handcuffs are off … they REALLY hurt!

Well, I think I’ll take a nice hot bubble bath, get some rest and recover from my short incarceration by the FBI.  I’m not sure I could have made it through the weekend in jail … what would my supervisor (Mrs. Crosby) think?

Lightning practicing his new FBI skills on Abigail.

Lightning practicing his new FBI skills on Abigail.

I will be back and ready to go on Monday for my next adventure!

Thanks!

Lightning T. Bear (an innocent bear)

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