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There are four (4) ways to qualify for the CBP Border Patrol Agent position at the GL-7 grade level: Qualifying Experience, Graduate education, combination of qualifying experience and graduate education, or superior academic achievement (SAA)
One year of qualifying work experience that:
- shows you have the skills necessary to make sound judgment and decisions;
- deal effectively with people in a courteous and tactful manner;
- analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions
- apply these skills in a law enforcement capacity such as training others, managing finances, code enforcement, doing compliance work, corrections, security, military, emergency responders, etc.
Examples of experience that might be qualifying might include Supervisory/Managerial experience in training others, doing compliance work, personnel actions, managing finances, and/or project management; experience in conducting investigations or interviews such as working with informants, collaborating with other agencies, conducting an OSHA investigation, and/or code enforcement; as well as experience in compliance, corrections, security, military, emergency responders, etc. Be sure to provide detailed explanations of experience.
One (1) year of graduate level education completed in a field of study related to law enforcement (or expect to complete within nine (9) months from the closing date of the announcement) (e.g., criminology, criminal justice, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, forensic psychology, corrections and rehabilitation).
Note: One (1) year of graduate education is the number of credit hours determined by your school to represent one (1) year of graduate level course work. If that information is not available, 18 semester hours, or 27 quarter hours is considered equivalent to one (1) year of graduate level education.
A combination of graduate level education completed in a field of study related to law enforcement (e.g., criminal justice, homeland security, criminology, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensics technology, forensic psychology, or corrections and rehabilitation studies) from an accredited college or university AND specialized work experience (to determine if you meet the combination of specialized experience and education requirement, you must divide the month of qualifying specialized experience by 12 and also divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18 or the number of graduate quarter hours by 27 and the two percentages must total at least 100%).
The Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) provision is used to determine eligibility for GL-7 for applicants who have completed (or expect to complete within nine (9) months from the closing date of the announcement) all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. The SAA recognizes students who have achieved superior academic standing as evidenced by class standing, grade-point average, or honor society membership.
For additional information on how to qualify using Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
There is one (1) way to qualify for the CBP Border Patrol Agent position at the GL-9 grade level: specialized experience that meets the eight (8) elements listed below.
One year of specialized work experience in law enforcement that demonstrates the ability to make arrests which includes the detainment of a person(s), handcuffing, restraining, arresting or containment of person(s).
Experience: One year of specialized work experience that shows you have the ability to enforce local, state, and/or federal laws and regulations in a law enforcement capacity and otherwise have the authority or ability to do the following: plan and conduct investigations, plan and make arrests, serve court orders (warrants), use firearms, and/or deal with people in a persuasive, tactful, and resourceful manner.
Experience should also demonstrate the ability to perform or conduct several of the following:
- criminal investigation involving violation of state, local or federal laws;
- seizure of illegal contraband (drugs);
- law enforcement database checks for citizenship, warrants, etc.;
- obtain or execute search warrants relevant to criminal cases or activity;
- testify in court to present evidence or act as a witness in administrative and/or criminal cases;
- administer oaths and/or receive sworn statements or facts from witnesses or other parties;
- exercise sound judgement in interpreting and applying matters relating to national security;
- deal effectively with individuals or groups of persons in a courteous, tactful manner in connection with law enforcement matters;
- and/or analyze information rapidly and make prompt decisions or take prompt and appropriate law enforcement action in light of applicable laws, court decisions, and sound law enforcement procedures.
Note: Specialized experience must be one year of LAW ENFORCEMENT experience or other responsible work experience in a law enforcement related field that shows your ability to perform the these functions.