Ikun was recently awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct tours, perform firearms demonstrations and provide archivists at the FBI’s Education Center at the headquarters in Washington, D.C. David Rue, group president, and Tim Healy, Ikun general manager, attended the ribbon cutting event for the new visitor center on Friday, June 16. It will open officially to the public in August.
The FBI tour was the public face of the FBI when it first opened in 1937 and the FBI headquarters was located in the Department of Justice building. In 1975, the J. Edgar Hoover building was opened to house FBI headquarters and the tour became a significant component of the new building. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the tour was closed due to security risks, as well as associated costs, and remained so for nearly 10 years. The new education center gives visitors a rare inside look into the FBI’s vital role in protecting the United States and Americans overseas.
The tour lasts about two hours and highlights the history and triumphs of the FBI and visitors get to see actual artifacts from major historical cases. They can witness live firearms demonstration with historical and current agent weapons.
But what does the FBI actually do? Surely, you’ll learn just a bit more about that on the tour, but we can clue you in on a couple things: The FBI’s mission is to protect the United States from internal and external threats, whether they be clear and imminently dangerous, or more metaphysical and long-term. The FBI has grown and changed since its inception, now incorporating both intelligence and law enforcement under its mandate. That means it works to uphold local and national laws, but also investigates those hard-to-define threats. Some of the things these important people, stationed all over the world, look into are:
- domestic and international terrorism
- cyber threats and warfare
- civil rights
- organized crime (the “mob”), and
- white-collar crime