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What We Do

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CBP Officers work in a fast-paced environment at 328 ports of entry throughout the United States. They are responsible for border security, including counterterrorism, customs, immigration, trade, and agriculture.

Typical assignments include:

  • Detecting and preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States
  • Enforcing customs, immigration, and agricultural laws and regulations at U.S. ports of entry and preclearance locations worldwide
  • Preventing the illegal trafficking of people, narcotics, and contraband into the United States
  • Performing inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and law enforcement activities including apprehension, detention and arrest relative to arrival and departure of persons, conveyances and merchandise at ports of entry
  • Conducting developmental level officer duties to protect the U.S. homeland, enforce federal laws, and efficiently facilitate legitimate trade and travel
  • Developing, planning, and participating in tactical operations
  • Interacting with carriers, other agencies and foreign entities to exchange information and provide guidance on admissibility/compliance

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

  • Work internationally
  • Conduct K-9 Inspection: Dogs are used to detect drugs, weapons, cash, and explosives
  • Join the Special Response Team, the tactical and special response arm of the Office of Field Operations
  • Join the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET), a specialized unit of the Office of Field Operations to seize drugs, weapons, currency, and illicit contraband

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Last modified: 
February 27, 2019