A career in law enforcement is a unique opportunity that has intrigued me for the majority of my life. My curiosity likely stems from multiple family members of mine, who either have a career in law enforcement or had one previously. With my family history and my interest in law enforcement, it would appear that selecting an occupation in law enforcement would be a simple task. Yet, I often ponder whether I would prefer to work for a municipal agency such as the San Francisco Police Department, or a federal agency, namely the FBI. I have researched a multitude of factors such as qualifications, requirements, salary, and job description to assist me in determining which profession is the right one for me.
This past semester I interned at the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department. This was a unique experience for me and really changed my perspective on the possibility of having a law enforcement job as a police officer. Ultimately, I would like for my career path to result in me being a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Getting hired as a special agent with the FBI is very competitive, and as of right now it is extremely hard to get a job with them straight out of college. Luckily, for myself I have a good point of contact with the FBI, in which I was able to have a on the phone, and in person interview with my cousin John Dolan, who is the Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge, of FBI 's Joint Terrorism Task Force in
Today, I still do not know what agency I would want to work with but, all I know is that I will never change my decision of becoming a law enforcement officer. I know I would love to do something federal like my parents have pushed me to do because they want me to go farther than they did. I hope to work as a U.S. Marshall, a Drug Enforcement Agent, or something to better kids who have gotten into trouble. My experiences in Law Enforcement from a young age has easily made me decide my career path. I feel I can easily make a difference in someone’s life and have always wanted to be that role model for young kids especially young girls who also want to pursue a career that is male dominated like Law Enforcement. When thinking about the different Law Enforcement agencies I wanted to pursue I thought.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation received its current name in 1935. To be in the FBI you must be: between 23 and 36 years old; in great physical shape; U.S. citizen; have a college degree; and at least three years professionally working. (Hamilton 4). One in twenty people that register for the FBI are accepted for the twenty weeks of training. (FBI Special 7). The FBI training academy is in Quantico, Virginia. The training that the Federal agents receive prepares them for real life situations.
What is something that interests someone enough that everyday when someone wakes up they would want to go out and do it? When people are in high school everyone always asks them what they want to do in life. Over the years, I have come up with an answer to this question. Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed helping people. With this, I have decided I want to go into the law enforcement. There are many different jobs available in law enforcement career. When one goes into this career they are helping the public by getting criminals off the streets. I personally want to become a detective of some sort. There are three particular reasons why I want to be a detective they are the ability to help people while making a living, bettering the community and the fact that it is an interesting and exciting job. When someone wants to go into this career there are many things they need to know such as educational requirements, work environment, earnings, job outlook, positive and negative aspects of the career.
On February 27th, 2014 I had the pleasure to interview Detective Vincent Velazquez who was referred to me by Professor Paul Guerrucci. Vincent currently works at the Atlanta Police Department located in 226 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. On the day of the interview, I was a little anxious since this was actually the first time I interview a crime investigator, however Vincent was very professional and he allowed me to record the entire conversation. I was able to ask questions about his personal life, full details of his profession, current case assignments, criminal investigation procedures and existing problems in the investigation process.
The education requirements for this job are a bachelor's degree in forensic psychology or behavioral sciences, criminology, sociology, and criminal justice. Having a minimum of 3 years of related experience or a minimum of 3 years of experience being a FBI Special Agent. You also should have strong communication skills, analytical skills, and knowledge of the federal laws.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, is a law enforcement and national security organization. “The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners” (“Quick Facts”). There are many different qualifications and requirements to become an FBI Special Agent but the salary and career outlook make them worth it.
Speaking FBI, people will think of the following picture: and FBI agent hold the gun point it to the suspect one hand, the other hand show the certification and shouting "FBI". They exist in numbers of movies and TV series as heroes. Are FBI in real life same as people seen on TV? The fascination of TV “Criminal Minds” has affected many viewers about FBI, however, the real agents are different than they are on TV.
Criminal profilers are primarily employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, most commonly known as the FBI. (Walker) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are a few other agencies that also employ criminal profilers. Although there are other employers that hire criminal profilers, the FBI is the most prominent. In order to be considered as a potential member of these programs, having an advanced degree in behavioral or forensic science is recommended. However, the most important qualification is an agent’s overall experience as an investigator of violent crimes. John Douglas, a famous FBI profiler, believes that “degrees and academic knowledge [are not] nearly as important as experience and certain subjective qualities” (Muller 250). Since a specific degree program has yet to be created for criminal profiling, extra training and classes must be taken in order to be a profiler for the FBI. The FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit was formed to investigate serial rape and homicide cases in 1974. From 1976 to 1979, several FBI agents, most famously John Douglas and Robert Ressler, interviewed 36 serial killers to help develop theories and categorize different types of offende...