Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Definition - What does Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) mean?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal law enforcement agency with 13,700 agents who work in concert with other law enforcement agencies. The FBI is tasked with investigating counterterrorism, foreign counterintelligence, civil rights matters, organized crime and drugs, violent crimes and financial crimes.
For domestic law enforcement issues the FBI coordinates with other agencies and local law enforcement by processing criminal evidence and providing support to victims. Other times they work directly with local police, for instance, if there is a case with multiple murders or a substantial amount of money is involved.
The FBI was created in 1908, specifically to help local law enforcement agencies. The goal of the FBI was initially to reduce corruption and make the justice system work more efficiently.