J. Edgar Hoover Essay

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J. Edgar Hoover
Former Senator Joseph McCarthy put it perfectly when he said, “… for the FBI is J. Edgar Hoover and I think we can rest assured that it will always be.” (qtd. in Denenberg 7). J. Edgar Hoover is credited for reconstructing the Bureau of Investigations (later renamed Federal Bureau of Investigations). Regardless of how people saw him, Hoover was powerful and committed, and did everything within his power to improve the agency that would make this country a safer place for all.
John Edgar Hoover was born New Years Day in 1895. After years of education and law school he started as a third generation government worker in July 1917 as a clerk for the Justice Department (Denenberg 23,25-26). In 1919 he was promoted to acting
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He eliminated the political influence on the department.
Education in law, accounting, languages or science was an earlier requirement that Hoover revived. Any agent already in office who was not qualified or who had a criminal record was fired (Denenberg 31). Background checks, interviews, and physical testing became required for all new applicants (Directors). Hoover developed extensive training programs and followed the requirements himself. All agents had to be in top physical condition, and be of outstanding appearance and character. Drinking alcohol was prohibited on and off duty (Denenberg 35). Hoover held discipline as the most important trait. He saw “… an undisciplined law enforcement agency as a menace to society” (Hoover 39). For himself and the people of the FBI, Mr. Hoover set rigid standards of personal behavior. Many agents who were reluctant to work under the strict guidelines quit (Denenberg 31). He never apologized for the high standards for agents; he saw it as a necessity for the FBI’s success (Hoover 41). To this day, Hoover’s contribution to law enforcement management and training make him one of the greatest in the law enforcement field.
The agents treated the suspects with integrity and used physiological tactics to get the information needed. For example, when accused kidnapper John Henry Seadlund was apprehended and taken in for questioning Hoover ordered his
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