Mission And Priorities Of FBI

The mission of the FBI is “To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.”

Currently, the FBI’s top investigative priorities are:

  • Protect the United States from terrorist attack
  • Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage;
  • Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes;
  • Combat public corruption at all levels;
  • Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises;
  • Combat major white-collar crime;
  • Combat significant violent crime;
  • Support federal, state, local and international partners; and
  • Upgrade technology for successful performance of the FBI’s mission.

In August 2007, the top categories of lead criminal charges resulting from FBI investigations were:

  • Bank robbery and incidental crimes (107 charges)
  • Drugs (104 charges)
  • Attempt and conspiracy (81 charges)
  • Material involving sexual exploitation of minors (53 charges)
  • Mail fraud – frauds and swindles (51 charges)
  • Bank fraud (31 charges)
  • Prohibition of illegal gambling businesses (22 charges)
  • Fraud by wire, radio, or television (20 charges)
  • Hobbs Act (17 charges)
  • RICO – prohibited activities (17 charges)