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SPECIAL AGENT OPPORTUNITY. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is holding a Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event on Tuesday, April 23. The DAR event allows pre-screened Special Agent candidates an opportunity to find out about the application process, qualification requirements, and physical fitness standards. Pictured is an evidence-gathering exercise held at a recent media tour in northeast Portland. (Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

From The Asian Reporter, V29, #08 (April 15, 2019), page 11.

FBI Portland seeking women and people of color as Special Agents

Have you ever thought about working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)? Are you between 23 and 36 years old and a U.S. citizen? Have you earned a bachelorís degree? If your answers to these questions are yes, you might consider attending an upcoming FBI Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event on Tuesday, April 23.

The DAR event allows pre-screened Special Agent candidates an opportunity to find out about the application process, qualification requirements, and physical fitness standards. Attendees are also able to ask questions about the agencyís culture, training, work/life balance, and more. This monthís national-level DAR event is focusing on the bureauís efforts to hire more women and people of color.

"Having diverse viewpoints allows us to challenge each other to aim higher while our shared values of leadership, respect, and integrity keep us grounded in the constitutional foundation on which the FBI was built," said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "We need agents who possess a variety of skills and attributes across the board. We need diversity in educational background; life experiences; race, ethnicity, and national origin; language skills; sexual orientation; and professional experience."

At a recent media tour in northeast Portland, reporters learned about some of the qualifications Special Agents must possess and also participated in an evidence-gathering exercise, a shoot-donít-shoot simulator, and parts of the fitness test.

Beth Anne Steele, a spokesperson for the FBI, said the bureau is seeking to recruit, develop, and retain a more diverse workforce that better reflects the demographics in the U.S. She also explained that Special Agents have varied careers and experiences before joining the agency. Some have science, technology, teaching, or accounting backgrounds, while others might be fluent in a second language. All candidates must possess high-level critical thinking skills.

The recruiting event takes place April 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in southeast Portland. People who are interested in attending must pre-register by April 18 at <https://www.fbijobs.gov/career-paths/special-agents/diversity-agent-recruitment-program>.

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