Although depressing, it is important we remind ourselves of the dangers the drug trade brings. This allows us to look at the problem from an ‘eyes wide shut’ perspective. In other words, we can be mindful of the dangers when we are aware of them. Perhaps, we may even take the effective steps to make a positive difference. A career as a narcotics officer can help make such a difference.
The term “narcotics officer” can be a rather open one. There are many different types of narcotics officers that work in many different federal agencies. For those weighing their options for such a career, the best place to start would be to look towards the prime agencies that deal with narcotics crimes.
The most obvious agency would be the DEA since it solely deals with drugs as its primary investigative capacity. However, the FBI, ATF, and even the US Marshals will handle tasks associated with enforcing the drug laws. How they do so may be a little different.
The US Marshals may be involved with tracking down the fugitives that are on the run for drug crimes. The FBI could invest an enormous amount of time seeking to bring a federal indictment against a mob boss for operating a drug syndicate. Such an investigation could potential take years upon years. Such work is not for naught. Some of these lengthy investigations have brought down some of the most infamous organized crime figures in history.
The work performed by various narc officers can be highly involved and complicated. In some instances, an agent may spend a great time in the field performing arrests. Some officers might even go on deep undercover missions. Then, there are those that perform a tremendous amount of investigation work at their desk. And some might lay in wait for tips to help further investigations or launch arrests.
For many, the way in which you would launch your potential narcotics officer career would begin with acquiring the appropriate level of education. A High School diploma is a must. However, an advanced college degree is certainly helpful to further your hiring options.
What can your degree be in?
There is tremendous variety available in terms of the options you can explore. Degrees in law, criminal justice, and communications are commonly those most associated with this profession. Yet, there really is no definitive single degree that is a “must”. Those with degrees in such areas as diverse as language studies to physical education have landed careers as a narc officer.
While there are many different agencies that serve different purposes, it is wise to apply for as many different agencies as possible. Such narcotics officer positions are highly competitive and it is vital to keep as many employment options open as possible.
Ultimately, if you were to truly answer what a narcotics officer career entails, the answer would be that such a career entails keeping the public safe. No matter what agency you would work for and in what capacity you would serve, this would be the clear goal that is sought. As difficult as it may be!
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