Our Interview With Charles Anderson, FBI special agent
Q. Do you consider your career to be adventurous? What
aspects make it adventurous?
A. Every investigation is an adventure. Some of the most adventurous times
in my career were when I was assigned to a drug squad. Drug busts, searches,
and arrests are very adventurous. I am a part-time pilot for the FBI. I fly
surveillance missions with other agents in support of different investigations.
Q. In the years that you have worked what changes has
your career went through?
A. The most profound changes in my career have come in the areas of
computers. When I first started as an FBI agent in 1978, typewriters were used
to write all reports. Financial analysis was done an sheets of accounting
paper. Today, software programs handle both word processing and financial
analysis as well as many other types of applications used in investigative work.
Q. In the next few years what changes do you see in your
career. Do you see more or less adventurous changes
coming in your career?
A. The biggest change will be my retirement in 6 years.
I will be eligible to retire at age 50. At that point my
goal is to go into business for myself as a financial
Q. What is the most rewarding part of your career?
A. the most rewarding part of my job is when a criminal
Q. If you could describe your job in one word what would
Q. What do you do on a daily basis? What do you do in
A. On a daily basis I am either conducting interviews
relating to an investigation or analyzing financial records.
Recently I have been traveling to Miami and New York
working on a money laundering investigation. As
investigations proceed, I provide the results of the
investigation to a federal grand jury. In the past I
have been a pilot for the FBI providing for various types of investigations. Many of my
interviews are done in Washington, D.C. and the federal grand jury as well as the federal court
house are located there.
Q. What is the most adventurous thing that you have ever
A. The most adventurous thing I have ever done is probably flying a surveillance mission
for the FBI. I have also participated in numerous search warrants. These have been in
connection with both narcotics and white-collar type
Q. Does your job require any nigh risk maneuvers?
A. For 9 years I was assigned to a drug squad. Drug raids and arrests were a part of our job
on a regular basis.
Q. How do you handle stress generated by your career if any?
A. I am a firm believer in keeping fit. I usually make it to the gym at least three a week to
lift weights. I also run three to four times a week, usually about 2 miles.
Q. Do you look forward to getting up and going to work in the morning?
A. I look forward to going to work each day because something interesting is always
happening with one of my cases or other cases being worked on by my squad.
Q. Does your career involve lots of traveling or not?
A. With the exception of the trips I mentioned above I usually don't do much traveling.
There are FBI offices located throughout the United States and it is much more cost effective to
ask an agent in another city to do an interview for you rather than traveling there yourself to
handle the matter for you.
Q. How do others rely on you on the job?
A. I have a young training agent who depends on me for advice on investigative matters. I
also provide financial analysis instruction at the FBI academy and students rely on me for
training to utilize certain software programs to assist in their investigations.
Q. What does your family think about you being an FBI agent?
A. My family is very proud of my career in the FBI.
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This page was created by Robbie King and last Modified on August 15, 1996.