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Detection Enforcement Officer
Application Process

Are you ready to become a Detection Enforcement Officer? Take your first steps toward securing your career and joining our team.


Being a Detection Enforcement Officer can be mentally and physically challenging. To ensure that every officer is mission-ready, our comprehensive hiring process helps identify the talented individuals who have what it takes. Explore the application requirements and steps for becoming an Detection Enforcement Officer below.



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Eligible applicants must:

  • Be referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (or receive an exception for veteran's preference eligibility or previous service in a civilian law enforcement position)
  • Pass the application process (see details below)

You may be disqualified if your background includes:

  • Use of illegal drugs and/or the sale distribution of illegal drugs
  • Convictions, including misdemeanor domestic violence charges
  • International harboring or concealment of undocumented noncitizens

  • Possess skills in the areas of radar usage, analysis, and interpretation
  • Have operational knowledge of airborne; maritime; and/or ground-based Air Traffic Control, Air Defense Sector, and/or Airborne Early Warning-type radar facilities/platforms
  • Possess knowledge of air traffic control procedures, airspace, and terminology
  • Possess knowledge of a wide variety of general aviation, transport and military-type aircraft to include performance characteristics used by civil, military and criminal organizations
  • Obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance

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Your Application Journey

To begin your application process, send your resume, DD 214 - Member 4 Copy and Standard Form 50 - Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable) to amorecruiting@cbp.dhs.gov. Required documentation should be submitted in  Microsoft Word or PDF format. Upon submission of these documents, you will be contacted to discuss the position and your qualifications.

The CBP Hiring Center will review your application to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications and determine what grade you qualify for. If your resume and/or transcripts do not clearly document how you are qualified, you may be rated ineligible.

We highly recommend you review the What Should I Include in My Federal Resume? page on USAJOBS when preparing your resume.

If you are found to be a qualified applicant, then you will go through a series of steps in the application process.

You must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of employment with CBP. The Standard Form 86 - Questionnaire for National Security or Standard Form 85 - Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions must be completed to initiate the background investigation.

The background investigation consists of the preliminary vetting checks, the investigation and the final adjudication. Information gathered as part of the background investigation process, will be used to assess your overall suitability/eligibility to hold a law enforcement position with CBP. 

You must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be found medically qualified to perform the position's full range of duties safely and efficiently.

Any disease or condition that may potentially interfere with the performance of the job's duties or training may result in medical disqualification, but no disease or condition is automatically disqualifying.

Each determination is made on a case-by-case basis. The medical determination may involve recommendations for additional information and/or testing. If medical information is recommended beyond that provided by the initial medical examination, it is provided at your expense.

For more information, visit the Medical Review page.

You will be required to submit to a random drug test during the application process.

If you test positive, then you will be disqualified.