Want to be an FBI agent? Diversity a priority

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Ever wonder what it takes to become an FBI agent? 

The agency is currently recruiting, with an emphasis on minorities and women as they work to diversify.

“Since we’re underrepresented in terms of people of color and women in the FBI right now versus the population, we’re trying to correct that and that’s a real focus for us,” Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon said.

There is a wide variety of positions within the agency and around the country. There are a number of requirements for recruits, including being between 23 and 36-years-old, and the ability to relocate and travel.

The KOIN 6 News team got a chance to see what FBI agent training was like, including gathering “evidence” with the crime scene team, taking the physical fitness test and practicing inside the firearms simulator with shoot-don’t-shoot scenarios.

“Every time we go out on a real-world warrant, we have to articulate in advance, what the deadly force policy is,” said Agent Sandy Flint. She joined in 1991 and didn’t have any firearms training. They told her that it was to her advantage, as she didn’t have any bad habits to break. 

There is a Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event in Portland on April 23rd.

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