Border Patrol & Customs Jobs

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Border Patrol & Customs Jobs
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Border patrol and customs jobs are available through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency as well as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Both of these agencies are part of the Department of Homeland Security, and you will find job listings at the agency websites. These law enforcement positions require a background check, physical fitness testing, drug testing and proof of citizenship. If you think you are ready to pass these tests, there are a variety of jobs available in the field of border and customs patrol.

Border Agents

Border agents work for the Customs and Border Protection agency. They serve as law enforcement officers along the U.S. border, conducting surveillance, following up leads, making cases and detaining and arresting smugglers and illegal immigrants. Border agents must be less than 40 years of age when applying and pass a written test, fitness tests and oral tests. If hired, you will complete a two-year internship program before gaining a permanent position as a border guard. The base salary for border guards was £23,827 in 2010.

Criminal Investigator

All patrol jobs in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have similar qualifying requirements. You must have a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 grade-point average and at least three years of experience analysing data, planning work and communicating effectively. You must be younger than 37 years old and will need to pass a written test, oral interviews and physical and medical tests to qualify for these jobs. If offered a job, you will need to complete 22 weeks of basic training before being offered a permanent position. Salaries for these positions vary based on the location of the job.

A criminal investigator job involves conducting challenging criminal and civil investigations in a variety of cases such as national security threats, drug smuggling, child exploitation, human trafficking, illegal arms exportation, and financial crimes.

Deportation Officer

Deportation officers do legal work and research to support federal law enforcement officers in legal procedures to deport illegal immigrants. This kind of work involves conducting complex investigations and surveillance work, preparing investigative reports and assisting in seizures.

Detention and Deportation Officer

Detention and deportation officers direct and coordinate the deportation process. In this job. you will conduct long-term planning, direct budgets and analyse and recommend improvements in the deportation process. Detention and deportation officers also assist in processing and sending illegal immigrants back to their country of origin.

Immigration Enforcement Agent

Immigration enforcement agents are the law enforcement officers who investigate, apprehend and arrest individuals who have resisted deportation or fled a legal order.

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