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What We Do

Air and Marine Operations is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities.

 

Air and Marine Agents command multiple vessels, operate sophisticated detection systems, and fly airplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial surveillance platforms to stop terrorist attacks and the unlawful movement of people, illegal drugs and contraband into the United States by land, air, and sea.

 

Pilot Airplanes, Helicopters, and Unmanned Aircraft

An Air Interdiction Agent patrols southwest Arizona.Do you have dreams of being a pilot?

Air Interdiction Agents are valuable members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer profession. As an Air Interdiction Agent, you will perform air law enforcement operations involving the detection, prevention, interdiction, and apprehension of terrorist, terrorist weapons and other contraband and persons from illegally entering or attacking the United States.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Conducting air to air, air to water, and air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders;
  • Patrolling oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror; and
  • Prohibiting illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens.

Being an Air Interdiction Agent opens up many opportunities as your career advances. In your career, you may have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Operate unmanned aircraft performing law enforcement missions;
  • Perform interdiction duties that include intelligence gathering, detecting, intercepting, tracking, apprehending, testifying and acting as liaison with other Federal, State, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement agencies;
  • Develop strategies to track aircraft, vessels and people to accomplish an effective and successful interdiction;
  • Gather and sharing intelligence information on illegal activities or potential acts of terrorism with internal customers, the general aviation and marine communities and other law enforcement agencies;
  • Testify under oath before a grand jury, federal court proceedings and/or other legal proceedings.

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Operate Surveillance Systems

An Aviation Enforcement Agent operates airborne sensors on a Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft.Aviation Enforcement Agents are valuable members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer profession. As an Aviation Enforcement Agent, you will conduct airborne law enforcement operations involving the detection, interdiction, and apprehension of terrorists, terrorist weapons and other contraband, and persons from illegally entering or attacking the United States.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Operating sophisticated airborne sensors to intercept, apprehend, or disrupt threats in the land, sea, and air domains as they move toward or across the borders of the United States;
  • Working in coordination with state, local, and other federal law enforcement partners to maximize enforcement and surveillance efforts;
  • Executing warrants and seizing evidentiary items; and
  • Responding to law enforcement incidents as a tactical team member.

Being an Aviation Enforcement Agent opens up many opportunities as your career advances. In your career, you may have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Operate radio and satellite communications, specialized radar equipment, and other systems to direct law enforcement personnel in making a successful interdiction or arrest;
  • Conduct aerial surveillance at the border or in the interior of the United States, using state-of-the-art thermal and optical sensor systems aboard AMO interdiction aircraft to gather evidence;
  • Generate information using investigative techniques, including interviewing, examining physical evidence, consulting law enforcement computer databases, or researching and analyzing flight plans;
  • Prepare reports identifying trends and patterns in aviation activities relating to smuggling; and
  • Serve warrants, making arrests or apprehensions, and testifying in court as needed.

Command Vessels

Marine Interdiction Agents conduct maritime law enforcement operations in south Florida.Marine Interdiction Agents are valuable members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer profession. As a Marine Interdiction Agent, you will perform marine law enforcement operations involving the detection, prevention, interdiction and apprehension of terrorist, terrorist weapons and other contraband and persons from illegally entering or attacking the United States.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Maritime patrols and interdictions in coastal waters and the Great Lakes;
  • Interdiction operations counter to national security threats to include, illegal drugs and undocumented alien smuggling;
  • Joint investigations with other agencies related to border security in the maritime environment, employing multiple investigative techniques and capabilities.

Being a Marine Interdiction Agent opens up many opportunities as your career advances. In your career, you may have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Serve as an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) vessel commander or crew member in law enforcement operations utilizing AMO marine assets;
  • Conduct maritime patrols, surveillance and pursuit activities related to the interdiction of smuggled contraband via land, air, and sea;
  • Conduct high speed vessel pursuits and intercepts of suspect vessels under adverse and sometimes hazardous conditions during the hours of darkness and in times of foul/inclement weather;
  • Search vessels, other conveyances and/or persons to gather information and evidence to support allegations of criminal or terrorist activity;
  • Conduct independent and joint investigations; and
  • Work closely as a task force officer with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to gather/share intelligence information regarding illegal maritime activity.

Detect Threats

CBP AMO Detection Enforcement Officer developing intelligence on potential criminal activity using radarDetection Enforcement Officers are valuable members of the nation’s only Federal Law Enforcement Center, tasked to coordinate interdiction operations in the entire Western Hemisphere. As a Detection Enforcement Officer, you will conduct aviation and maritime surveillance operations to detect, identify, track, and coordinate the interdiction of threats approaching or operating within the borders of the United States.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Operating leading-edge radar surveillance technology including ground, airborne, and space-based sensors to interpret and analyze data in tracking suspect aircraft and/or vessels used by criminals and terrorists.
  • Generating leads, gathering evidence, and developing intelligence on potential criminal activity using radar or other sensor systems.
  • Working with criminal investigators on active investigations of civil and criminal cases.
  • Performing queries utilizing data from various law enforcement and open source database systems to determine appropriate actions to be taken against a suspect person, aircraft, or vessel.
  • Distinguishing between suspect targets and legitimate traffic operating along the borders of and within the United States, Canada, Bahamas, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
  • Operating radio and satellite communications, specialized radar equipment, and other systems to direct law enforcement personnel in making successful interdictions or arrests.

Being a Detection Enforcement Officer opens opportunities as your career advances. In your career, you may have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Provide air and maritime domain awareness to national security events and national taskings. These types of events include the Super Bowls, disaster relief operations (for example, hurricane, earthquake, etc.), Presidential movements, and other special operations.
  • Prepare reports identifying trends and patterns in aviation activities relating to criminal organizations and movements.
  • Testify in court as needed.
  • Travel to various locations CONUS and OCONUS.