Deportation officers are employed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). They promote national security by enforcing border integrity and preventing illegal immigration and other major threats such as criminal and terrorist activities. Deportation officers conduct investigations for each illegal alien in the country. They are part of apprehension and removal process of foreign visitors which have broken the immigration laws.
What Does a Deportation Officer Do?
Deportation officers assist in trial hearings leading up to final removal from the country. In some cases, deportation officers are required to escort the deportees to the points of exit. Related paperwork of deportation proceedings is prepared by deportation officers and presented to judges and other third parties involved. They are often in close collaboration with other governmental departments related to immigration and nationality matters and consult with respective embassies and consulates in order to obtain proper travel documents for the deportees after they are returned to their home country.
Working as a deportation officer has some considerable risks and you will sometimes have to deal with unpleasant conditions. You might find yourself in life threatening situations involving smugglers and other criminals. In chasing illegal trespassers, you will need to be able to endure physical exertion in different terrains and weather conditions. Climbing and jumping obstacles may be regularly encountered physical tasks. Before choosing a career as deportation officer you should take in account the above risks and your health condition.
Becoming a Deportation Officer
Working towards a degree in criminal justice or criminology is a good start in the process of becoming a deportation officer. Three years of service in any branch of the military is also acceptable for apply to the position. You must be between the ages of 18-37 and have excellent physical health. You must also pass a drug tests and have good vision, a clean background from any criminal activity, a valid drivers license, and U.S. citizenship. Analytical and good communicating skills, proficient writing, reliability and sound judgement are some distinguishing personality features highly valued in any deportation officer.
After a successful admittance in the service, a period of 18 weeks of intensive training will follow.