With almost 1% of the adult population of the United States currently incarcerated (1,404,503), it is clear that there is a never-ending demand for qualified people to work in law enforcement. From front line police officers to end of the line prison workers, having well-trained enforcers of the law is critical to keeping law and order. Providing education for these agents falls to federal law enforcement programs.
Types of Available Positions:
Policing: officers, sheriffs and deputies at the state and local level as well as Military Police.
Federal Agents: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and IRS are just a few of the 88 Federal Agencies who offer employment for officers.
Prisons: wardens and correctional officers.
Probation Officers: employed by state and local governments.
National Security: Border Agents, Coast Guard, Air Marshals, Postal Inspectors, State Department, and Homeland Security.
Although the amount of education required for each position may vary, all applicants would be well-supported by courses obtained from one of the federal enforcement programs available.
FLETA is a great resource if you are thinking about getting an education which will lead to a job in Federal enforcement. FLETA (Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation) offers a comprehensive and transparent accreditation for institutions which offer federal law enforcement programs. With so many federal law programs to select from, using this website should help you narrow your choices.
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC): 12 separate programs from Criminal Investigator Training Program to Uniformed Police Training Program.
Customs and Border Protection: three programs including the Basic Entry Specialist Training Program and the U.S. Border Patrol Spanish Task-Based Language Teaching Program.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) National Criminal Investigation Training Academy: Special Agent Basic Training Program and one other.
The Air Force Special Investigations Academy: offers a basic course.
U.S. Military Police School: civilian police academy.
The Department of Energy: Basic Security Police Officer Training.
TSA (Transportation Safety Agency): 3 air marshal courses including the Federal Air Marshal Training Program Part 1 and II.
U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy: two programs including the Basic Boarding Officer Course.
U.S. Federal Reserve System: Basic Law Enforcing Courses.
U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Training Center: two courses including Basic Special Agent Course.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Basic Inspector Training, Postal Police Officer Basic Training and a Facilitator Program.
U.S. Secret Service, James J. Rowley Training Center: Special Agent Training Course and two others.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS): Special Agent Basic Training Program and an instructor course.