Careers in Criminal Justice

Hightlighted Careers*

  • Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent: "The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is a global force that is indispensable to the safe conduct of U.S. foreign policy. DS has a presence in more foreign countries than any other American law enforcement and security organization with over 1,700 Special Agents. Our Special Agents are assigned to field offices and various Joint Terrorism Task Forces throughout the United States, in addition to more than 265 diplomatic posts in over 180 countries.

    Special Agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers who are carefully selected and highly skilled. As part of their responsibilities, while serving overseas, Special Agents advise ambassadors on all security matters and manage a complex range of security programs designed to protect personnel, facilities, and information. In the United States, Special Agents protect the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries, investigate passport and visa fraud and other crimes, and conduct personnel security investigations. Special Agents spend approximately half of their careers living and working abroad. Their remaining service is spent living and working in the U.S."
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: "The career of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agent is unique and one of the most challenging in Federal law enforcement. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ATF has field offices throughout the United States and its territories. Highly trained special agents are responsible for investigating violations of Federal law relating to firearms, explosives, arson and alcohol and tobacco diversion. These investigations involve surveillance, interviewing suspects and witnesses, making arrests, obtaining and executing search warrants, and searching for physical evidence. Chemists and other specialty personnel provide expert assistance in developing cases.

    The profession of special agent is exciting and rewarding. Special agents must be tough - both physically and mentally. They must also be able to handle rigorous training, personal risks, irregular hours, and extensive travel. Special agents are subject to reassignment to any ATF office in the United States, to include any U.S. Territory or ATF overseas assignment."
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation Narcotics Agent: "Narcotics Agents are undercover investigators of the GBI Investigative Division and are certified peace officers. Narcotics Agents are assigned with an experienced partner to conduct an undercover drug investigation in a city or county. Meals, lodging, and miscellaneous expenses that are incurred during the investigation are paid for by the GBI. In these investigations, Narcotics Agents will remain in their assignment ten to fourteen days at a time, return to GBI Headquarters in Atlanta to complete reports, take leave days, then return to the out-of-town assignment. Narcotics Agents routinely spend their workweeks in a travel status away from their permanent residence. Upon completion of the investigation, Narcotics Agents arrest their drug defendants and later return to court to prosecute their cases."

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