JIM EGELSTON

As a Special Agent and Supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 27 years, I held a variety of assignments in various locations throughout the United States and maintained a Top Secret security clearance with special access to Sensitive Compartmented Information.  


During most of my career, I was in the Violent Crime Program where I investigated numerous threat cases and missing persons cases.  I was one of the original members of the Arizona Child Abduction Response Team (AZ CART) and I was also a member of the FBI’s national Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team.  For several years, I worked with the Phoenix Police Department's Vice Unit to investigate Human Trafficking and cases involving child victims of prostitution.


I was a Field Coordinator in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program for more than 20 years.  I investigated and received enhanced training in active shooter, targeted violence, threat assessment and threat management, cold case homicide, serial homicide, serial sexual assault and missing person/abduction/kidnapping cases.


I was a Supervisor and Program Manager in the Domestic Terrorism Program at FBI headquarters and in Phoenix, Arizona.  At the headquarters level, I was responsible for nationwide management of the Civil Aviation and Maritime Security Programs.  I helped author the first edition of the Maritime Operational Threat Response Plan to fulfill the requirements of one of the National Security Presidential Directives issued in response to the 9/11 attacks.


As the Domestic Terrorism Supervisor in Phoenix, I managed a large team of Special Agents and Task Force Officers responsible for Counter Terrorism Preparedness and Response.  One of the highlights of my career was coordinating with the private sector, the US military and other federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies to provide security and counter terrorism response capabilities for Super Bowl XLII, which took place in Glendale, Arizona in 2008.


I finished my career in law enforcement as the FBI’s Airport Liaison Agent Coordinator for the state of Arizona.  I worked closely with the Phoenix Police Department at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and was responsible for Program Management and providing best practices to other Airport Liaison Agents in Arizona.  I responded to and investigated numerous threats to the airport and related facilities.  I worked closely with my friend and colleague, Burke Roberts.  Together, we developed and presented training on active shooter awareness and behavioral indicators of targeted violence to numerous private sector groups and government agencies.


After I retired from the FBI in 2018, I founded Baseline Investigations so I could continue to use my training and experience to help people.  I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking.  Since retiring, I have been volunteering to assist a non profit group that specializes in searching for missing persons in wilderness areas and I have also served as a volunteer doing trail maintenance in the state park system.


I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology.  After graduating from college, I worked in banking and finance before starting my career in law enforcement as a Police Officer in Mount Prospect, Illinois.