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#1 LeftyLuck


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:19 PM

Would like to eventually work for the FBI after college.
To those that served in law enforcement, what is the best majors/training necessary to achieve this?
How can I prepare to become a good recruit to the Bureau?


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:51 AM

Accounting actually. You’d think something like criminal justice or law, but accounting is huge with them because they have to follow a lot of money trails.  As far as prep goes I would ask actual agents and definitely hit up some regional career fairs they show up at.  Get good grades in college too, I don’t think they take anyone with a sub 3.0 GPA.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:14 AM

Accounting is a good choice.  Had my CPA when I applied for the Treasury Department (not the FBI).  Got called right away for an interview, had a 100% rating.  Starting salaries back in 1987 were around $17K a year.  I was making $27K at my then job, and really didn't want to relocate, wherever the government wanted me..  Foolishly, I declined the government position.

I would have been better off with the Treasury job in the long run.  Unless you are destined for the fast track in the private sector, a government job is the way to go.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:49 AM

i work for a 3 letter federal agency, guys/gals have varying backgrounds from accounting/juris doctorates/english etc etc. there is no archetype. a degree in a foreign language or  something related to computer science would probably set you up well.   i got my masters(which is a good idea) and got into federal law enforcement at 26. got hired with my agency at 29. fbi/dea/atf/sercret service are extremely competitive due to budget decreases which lead to lack of hiring which result in large, well credentialed candidate pools.

i wouldnt expect to be hired right out of college, its just too competitive. get some real world experience(local law enforcement or military are good options or something in your field) and then apply. and the application process is long. lastly dont do anything dumb while in college to jeopardize your future- if law enforcement is what you want to do.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:28 AM

Id definitely take up a Middle eastern language.... And what was said above me, go local LE and get that good base in criminal conduct..


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 10:03 PM

Thanks for the responses so far. At least when I do join the Bureau, there will never be a problem with the BST anymore!
Follow the money...

Edited by LeftyLuck, 14 February 2018 - 10:04 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:02 AM

View PostLeftyLuck, on 14 February 2018 - 10:03 PM, said:

Thanks for the responses so far. At least when I do join the Bureau, there will never be a problem with the BST anymore!
Follow the money...

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 08:07 PM

I've  got a buddy that went into FBI after college. He said the first 5 years all he did was work accounting. They went into banks, savings  and loan, and stock brokers, to figure out the shady deals and laundering.
He said he  felt like an IRS agent with a gun.
He ended  up on the west coast and I haven't heard from him in almost 20 years.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:16 AM

What do you actually want to do in the agency? That should be your first question. There are plenty of other local and state law enforcement organizations if you just want to be a cop. If you want something more or want to be on the federal scene, there are actually a lot of other agencies that do a lot of investigative work, not just the FBI. Heck... even Social Security has a gun-toting department.
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Posted Yesterday, 08:07 PM

Get into a BLET program. I'm currently in night class right now and the things you learn is great. But the things you learn riding with cops on weekends teaches you much much more. You definitely need to get on some patrol. Family member works for the SBI and all he does is paperwork and then more paperwork.
If your heart is in law enforcement then you might end up loving patrol!
Good luck on whatever you do!

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