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Learn About the Job of a Hostage Negotiator
U.S. CBP Aviation Enforcement Agents
Customs and Border Protection Aviation Enforcement Agent Jobs
Detective With Recorder Asking Man at Police Station
How to Investigate Cold Cases as a Career
CBP agriculture specialist
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist Job Info
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers
Explore a Career as a Customs and Border Protection Officer
CBP OAM Air Interdiction Agents patrol the skies over the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Aviation Interdiction Agent Jobs
This illustration shows a day in the life of an AFOSI special agent including "Annual salary: between $47,000-$80,000," "Gathering intelligence and threat assessment," "Conducting and assisting in criminal investigations involving Air Force personnel and civilians," Maintaining security of technology and information," and "Providing investigating services around the world to Air Force assets."
Want to Work for Air Force Special Investigations (AFOSI)?
A day in the life of an FBI agent: giving courtroom testimonies, speaking a second language, interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects, investigating various crimes
FBI Agent Career Information
A day in the life of an NCIS special agent: Conducting criminal investigations, making arrests, counterterrorism operations, extensive travel for long periods of time
What's a Job With the NCIS Really Like?
"A special agent overlooks the Shiprock land formation on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. The reservation, the largest in the country, is one of about 200 federally recognized Indian reservations where the FBI has investigative responsibilities."
Being a U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Special Agent
Police crime scene tape with the words "Police Line Do Not Cross".
What Are the Most Interesting Jobs in Criminal Justice?
A day in the life of a police dispatcher: Deal with people who are stressed, computer skills are a must; no college necessary, keep track of available law enforcement, compassion is key
Police Dispatcher Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Image shows a woman speaking at a podium, with a man in a bulletproof vest, aviators, and a badge. Text reads: "A day in the life of a uniformed secret service officer: Working nights and weekends, making arrests, identifying threats, standing guard"
Uniformed Secret Service Officer Job Description
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ICE Agent Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
This illustration shows a day in the life of a Coast Guard investigative special agent including "Conducting complex investigations," "Preparing and executing warrants," "Making arrests," and "Writing reports."
Coast Guard Investigative Service Special Agent Careers
A day in the life of a loss prevention specialist: Safely apprehend and detain potential shoplifters, pose as shoppers, covertly monitor suspicious behaviors, notify police so law enforcement officers can make an arrest
Loss Prevention Specialist Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Marlin patrols the waters south of Pensacola Bay
Coast Guard Careers and Law Enforcement on the High Seas
A day in the life of a probation and community control officer: Supervising probationers and parolees, Working with community organizations and religious groups, Submitting status reports and sentencing recommendations, Arranging for vocational training and assist in job searches
Probation Officer Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
ATF special agents holding up rifles they confiscated during a raid.
Here Are the Steps Involved in Becoming an ATF Special Agent
A day in the life of a U.S. border patrol agent: Watch the border and stand guard, detect, track, and apprehend suspected smugglers and illegal border crossers, use electronic surveillance equipment and respond to sensor alarms, perform traffic observations and checkpoints
Border Patrol Agent Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Army Investigator
Become U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command Special Agent
Secret Service
Secret Service Agent Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a forensic psychologist: Perform criminal profiling services, may give expert witness or courtroom testimony, evaluate suspected criminals for mental competency and their ability to stand trial
Forensic Psychologist Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
FBI agent and police officers
Learn About Federal Agent Positions Like the FBI, ATF and More
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What to Know About Being a Military Police Officer
Police tape in the foreground with a crime scene in the background.
How to Land an Exciting Career as a Crime Analyst
A day in the life of a TSA security officer: Screen passengers, cargo, and bags, Maintain efficient passenger traffic flows, Report Potential security threats, Monitor airport security measures
TSA Officer Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
United States Marshal Silver Badge
Here's What You Need to Know to Become a U.S. Marshal
Image shows a man wearing a vest that reads "ATF Police." Text reads: "A day in the life of an atf special agent: enforcers federal laws relating to the sale of alcohol, tobacco guns, and explosives; conducts surveillance; obtains and executes search warrants; interviews suspects and witnesses; makes arrests"
ATF Special Agent Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Low Section Of Army Soldiers Walking On Street During Parade
Law Enforcement Jobs in the United States Military
This illustration shows a day in the life of a DCIS special agent including "Preserve evidence," "Analyze evidence," and "Interview suspects and witnesses."
DCIS Special Agent Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
This illustration depicts a day in the life of an NCAA investigator including "Analyze data and reports," "Write reports," "Conduct interviews in the service of those investigations," and "Work closely with athletes."
NCAA Investigator Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
ICPO-Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France
INTERPOL Helps Law Enforcement Get Around Borders and Jursidictions
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Learn About the Job Duties, Requirements and Salary for DoD Officers
NTSB Holds Press Briefing On NJ Transit Crash In Hoboken
NTSB Aviation Accident Investigators Plane Crashes
A day in the life of a state trooper: Making arrests, responding to calls, monitoring and controlling traffic, patrolling assigned areas
State Trooper Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Handcuffed man standing in courtroom
Jobs in Criminology and Criminal Justice—What's the Difference?
Police information technology officer entering crime scene information into car-mounted laptop
How Police Officers Guide Technology for Their Departments
A day in the life of a detective or criminal investigator: Crime scene investigation, Witness interviews, Writing reports, Court room testimony
Detective/Criminal Investigator Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a crime analyst: Look for trends to solve puzzling issues, locate where crimes occur, gather and analyze crime statistics and produce reports
Crime Analyst Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
FBI Police Vehicles at Hoover Building
Start a Career as a FBI Police Officer: Requirements, Salary, and more
An Internal Affairs Investigator sitting at a desk researching on a computer
What Do Internal Affairs Investigators Really Do?
A day in the life of a U.S. Park Police Officer: Providing security services at national monuments and memorials; providing general law and traffic enforcement, writing reports, patrolling parks, recreation, and monument areas
U.S. Park Police Officer Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
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Learn What CSX Agents and Other Railroad Police Do and Earn
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How High Is the Demand for Police K9 Officers?
Police recruits
Why Being a Police Training Officer is Awesome.
A day in the life of a human law enforcement officer: Investigate animal abuse cases, issue civil fines, arrest suspected criminals, enforce laws related to the care and keeping of animals
Humane Law Enforcement Officer Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a fire and arson investigator: Responding to and investigating fire scenes, working closely with other law enforcement partners, identifying and collecting evidence, writing reports
Fire and Arson Investigator Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a U.S. postal inspector: Investigate criminal activity related to the U.S. Postal Service and mail system, prepare and execute arrest and search warrants, provide courtroom testimony
U.S. Postal Inspector Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
SWAT team at work
What Do SWAT Team Members Really Do?
Wildlife Officer Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
SWAT specialists defusing a bomb
Learn About Bomb Squad and Hazardous Devices Unit Careers
Illustration of what bloodstain experts find out
A Career as a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst: Duties, Salary, and More
What does a forensic odontologist do? Collect evidence, analyze and observe evidence, attend accident or crime scenes, attend autopsies
Learn About the Job of a Forensic Odontologist
A Day in the Life of a Polygraph Examiner
Polygraph Examiner Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Forensics officer using swab to collect evidence from window with bullet hole
What Does It Take to Be a Forensic Ballistics Expert?
A day in the life of a crime scene investigator: Identify visual clues at crime scenes, collect crime scene evidence, photograph crime scenes
Crime Scene Investigator Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Close up of a Hard Drive, representing digital forensics work.
Just What Do Digital Forensics Experts Do and What Can They Earn?
Forensic scientist at work
Learn How to Become a Forensic Scientist
Criminologist studying DNA
The Job of a DNA Analyst—Duties, Salary, and More