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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is one of the most famous law enforcement agencies in the world. True crime documentaries profile agents, and fictionalized versions show up as the heroes of major Hollywood movies and popular TV shows. The FBI serves as a model for modern law enforcement agencies around the world, yet few people know how this organization got started, or what exactly its role entails.

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1. More Than a Century of Service

Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Bonaparte, who would later become Roosevelt's attorney general, first dreamed up the FBI in 1892 at a meeting regarding law enforcement. At that time, the sector was a patchwork system of public and private workers. Law enforcement jobs were largely political appointments, which caused issues when appointees were unqualified. Roosevelt and Bonaparte shared the dream of a more professional service.

 
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