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FBI to recruit more women and minorities at event in Milwaukee

NOW: FBI to recruit more women and minorities at event in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The FBI wants to hire more special agents from diverse backgrounds. The agency will soon host a recruitment event in Milwaukee.

Special agents say working for the FBI is a fulfilling career, but nothing like what you see in the movies or on TV shows.

"If you've only experienced it through movies and TV, you're probably expecting things to be very busy and running and gunning, and cases opening and closing within weeks," said Amanda Knutson, FBI special agent.

In reality, working for the FBI is much different.

"Working for the FBI in general is immensely fulfilling,” Knutson said. “Having a mission that's to serve the public and fight for justice is very rewarding."

Whether it's fighting violent crimes or counterintelligence, the FBI says they can better serve and solve cases with a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The bureau is looking to recruit women and minorities.

"Women, African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, is what we would like to increase our agent population."

Through the Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) Program, the agency is hosting a special invite-only information session in Milwaukee and Chicago. Those interested have to preregister.

Applicants must have a four-year degree, be between the ages of 23 and 37, and have at least two years of work experience, and pass a physical fitness test. There are also other requirements

Those at the FBI say the organization wants people from various backgrounds. "Stem backgrounds, science, math, technology, law enforcement backgrounds, military, accounting, finance, law," Knutson said.

The recruitment events are being held Thursday, March 5 in Milwaukee and Tuesday, April 21 in Chicago. For more details, CLICK HERE.

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