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What We Do


Office of Field Operations (OFO) is the largest component in CBP and is responsible for border security—including anti-terrorism, immigration, anti-smuggling, trade compliance, and agriculture protection—while simultaneously facilitating the lawful trade and travel at 328 U.S. ports of entry that is critical to our nation’s economy.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers are responsible for America's border security at ports of entry, safeguarding our country and communities from terrorism, illegal activity, narcotics and human trafficking.

Typical Assignments Include:

  • Detecting and preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the U.S.
  • 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 U.S.
  • 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

CBP Agriculture Specialists target, detect and intercept invasive species, contaminants or diseases before they have a chance to harm U.S. agriculture and natural resources.

Typical Assignments Include: 

  • Serving as a consultant in the areas of inspection, analysis, intelligence gathering, examination and law enforcement activities regarding the importation of agricultural/commercial commodities and conveyances at ports of entry
  • Applying laws and regulations when determining the admissibility of agriculture commodities while preventing the introduction of harmful pests, diseases and potential agro-terrorism into the U.S.
  • Participating in special enforcement, targeting or analysis teams charged with collecting and analyzing information and identifying high-risk targets
  • Planning and conducting remedial actions such as treating, disinfecting and decontaminating prohibited commodities, conveyances contaminants or agricultural materials