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Deputy US Marshal Degrees and Careers

The Working Life of a Deputy U.S. Marshal

If you're interested in a criminal justice career with one of the most established and respected law enforcement agencies in the country, look into becoming a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The U.S. Marshals Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States. Deputies work underneath a region's U.S. Marshal. To find out how you can become a Deputy U.S. Marshall, contact the schools in your area (listed in our free directory) to learn more. Be sure to speak with multiple schools to be sure you choose the right program before you enroll.

Becoming a Deputy U.S. Marshal makes you responsible for a range of law enforcement and security duties. Deputy U.S. Marshals may protect judges and juries at federal courtrooms. They may also need to transport prisoners to federal prisons. Since so much of the job is security and protection, you must be completely comfortable with and skilled at using firearms. You may apprehend suspects or those who are a threat to your safety, so physical fitness is a big part of this job.

You should plan on meeting a stringent set of education and work experience requirements if you want to qualify for a Deputy U.S. Marshal job. You need the thorough education offered by a college degree or experience in the field of law enforcement. You should also anticipate a demanding physical fitness test, so you may wish to start preparing by getting into shape. Furthermore, you should prepare for an intensive background check and medical examination.

Requirements for Becoming a Deputy U.S. Marshal

The U.S. Marshals Service maintains a list of hiring requirements for Deputy U.S. Marshals. You may wish to qualify via education or experience. To qualify at GS-07 level with your education, you must have a Bachelor's degree in any field. However, you must also demonstrate exemplary academic performance. They may look for a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a rank in the top third of your college, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. In addition, you must have one year of graduate school in a field related to the job. Possible fields of study include sociology, criminal justice, and law.

If you do not meet the educational requirements, you may still qualify for a Deputy U.S. Marshal job with your previous work experience. Work experience in law enforcement or in the military may help you here; you need at least one year of experience in carrying out investigation, making arrests, using firearms, serving court orders, or other law enforcement duties. You can use a combination of experience and education to meet the U.S. Marshals Service requirements.

Upon getting hired, you need to attend the training program. It occurs at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. You spend 17 1/2 weeks in training. Your education may focus on court security, defensive tactics, physical conditioning, firearms training, search and seizure, and protective service training. You may also learn about building entry and search, high treat trials, surveillance, and officer survival.

You must prove yourself in multiple ways to make it through the training program. Through the duration of the program, you'll take seven exams. You must pass with a score of at least 70% on each exam. Furthermore, there are many practical exercises that you have to participate in. You get a pass/fail score on each practical exam.

Career Outlook and Salary Potential for Deputy U.S. Marshal

The career outlook for Deputy U.S. Marshals varies from year to year, depending on the government's budget for the U.S. Marshals Service and the needs of each U.S. Marshal. You may get hired in any one of 49 U.S. Marshal regions. If you know that you want to become a Deputy U.S. Marshal and you want to improve your own job outlook, there are a few things you can do. First, ensure that you earn a Bachelor's degree in a field related to the job. While you can technically qualify for the job with any Bachelor's degree, a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, or law may give you an advantage over other applicants. You may wish to complete internships or practicum experiences that are relevant to the Deputy U.S. Marshal job.

Compensation for U.S. Marshals falls under the general ledger (GL) pay schedule. U.S. Marshals enter the field at the FL-07 rate, usually at step 8, so new U.S. Marshals can expect to earn about $48,999 per year. However, you receive locality pay on top of this pay.

Working as a Deputy U.S. Marshal

Though you may have experience in one or two areas of law enforcement, you'll need to prepare yourself to complete a wide range of duties as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The U.S. Marshals Service notes that deputies' duties fall into seven main areas: witness security, judicial security, fugitive investigations, transporting prisoners, prisoner services, asset forfeiture, and special missions.

You may spend your days doing some or all of these tasks. Requirements change on a daily basis, depending on what threats are facing your area and what your U.S. Marshal requires of you. If you mostly work in security, you may have to protect judges and other judicial personnel in the courtroom. You may also protect those in the witness protection program by helping them transport to a new location and start a new life. In the prison or out in the community, you may work with or detain criminals. Some deputy marshals work undercover during special missions.

In this role, you may have a huge impact on the safety and security of your region. For example, in May of 2018, a U.S. Marshals task force arrested a homicide fugitive in Pennsylvania.

Contact the schools below to find out how you can map a path to success in the field of criminal justice. Be sure to compare multiple programs before you enroll. Each program is different, and career placement services can vary from program to program. Good luck in your search for the right criminal justice education!

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