After 6 1⁄2 months as a GS-5 you will be eligible for promotion to a GS-7; and after one year as a GS-7 you will be eligible for promotion to a GS-9. In addition, you’ll enjoy the excellent benefits package offered by the federal government that includes vacation and sick leave, health and life insurance, and a retirement plan that offers retirement at age 50 after at least 20 years of service. The retirement plan is competitive with the private sector and includes pension and savings plans.
Border Patrol agents may enter at one of three pay levels, depending on their academic and law-enforcement backgrounds.
Requires one of the following:
• Substantial work experience in fields such as interviewing, claims adjusting, journalism or security.
• A bachelor’s degree.
• A combination of education and experience.
Meets GL-5 requirements, as well as demonstrated the ability to:
• Make arrests and exercise sound judgment using firearms.
• Deal “courteously, tactfully and effectively” in law-enforcement matters.
•Quickly analyze information and act appropriately according to laws, court decisions and law-enforcement procedures.
• Develop and maintain contact with a network of informants.
Meets GL-7 requirements, as well as demonstrated the ability to:
• Develop cases, conduct interviews or interrogations, make apprehensions and arrests.
• Prepare cases and appear as a professional witness in court.
• Exercise sound judgment using firearms and conduct training or qualification exercises in the proper care and use of firearms.
• Deal effectively with individuals in their detention, control or interrogation, and promote community outreach and public relations.
• Analyze and disseminate intelligence information and data, and apply law enforcement concepts and techniques.
• Develop and maintain a network of informants, social and political organizations, local law enforcement agencies, and citizens.
• Use law-enforcement databases.
• Prepare legal reports and documents concerning illegal activities.