(FBI) It has been called the nation’s most crime-ridden town and even the crime capital of the world, but no one has ever been victimized there. This town isn’t listed on any official map, but it is visited nearly every day and appears often in the movies and on television.
The name came from a comic strip in the 1890s called the Yellow Kid, which was a romanticized look at the daily life a young boy who lived in a crime-ridden New York tenement called Hogan’s Alley.
By the mid-1920s, these training exercises came to be called “Hogan’s Alleys.” The name came from a comic strip in the 1890s called the Yellow Kid, which was a romanticized look at the daily life a young boy who lived in a crime-ridden New York tenement called Hogan’s Alley.
In 1972, when the FBI opened its Training Academy in Quantico, new facilities were created for agent training. In the mid-1980s, the Bureau began constructing a new home for practical instruction—this time filled with actual buildings, including a bank, a motel, a jewelry shop, and a luncheonette. This new crime town was officially launched in 1987, and it has been a key staple of FBI training ever since.
Over time, the town has grown, adding warehouse facilities, single-family homes, and other typical places where Bureau agents might interact with the public and those who would prey on them. Hogan’s Alley may have the highest crime rate in the world, but the Bureau’s agent and police trainees have ensured that it also has the highest arrest rate, too.
In its early days, the Bureau used actors and mannequin victims from time to time in its practical exercises.