Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Working for the DEA

Responding to the fact that drugs were beginning to become a serious problem with in the country, President Nixon created the DEA, or the Drug Enforcement Administration, in 1973. The agency is charged with the prevention of the smuggling of drugs into the United States as well as drug use within it.

The DEA does a lot more than enforce drug laws and pursue justice for criminals involved in drugs. When it comes to major violations of the law involving drugs, it is up to the DEA to investigate cases and prepare for the prosecution of criminals. The DEA is also responsible for the investigation of drug gangs that endanger communities through violence and use fear and intimidation to harass citizens. In cooperation with Federal, State and local and foreign officials, the agency manages national drug intelligence programs and collects, analyses, and distributes drug intelligence information. The DEA also works with these officials on collective drug enforcement efforts by exploiting potential investigations that are beyond other agencies’ jurisdictions or resources. Since drug trafficking is a problem in the United States, the DEA tries to prevent attempts to bring drugs into the country by monitoring traceable drug activity and seizing illegal substances.

DEA agents enforce controlled substance laws and help to bring justice to those who are involved in the growing, manufacturing, and distribution of illegal substances. Their work consists of a lot more than just catching criminals selling drugs, but the dismantling of drug trafficking rings, prosecution of drug traffickers, and sabotaging the financial support of organizations involved in the drug business. To be a DEA Agent you have to be a U.S. Citizen, between the ages of 21 and 36, and in good physical condition. This position requires a college education, preferably in the areas of criminal justice, police science, or similar studies. Those with degrees in accounting, finance, foreign languages, or economics, also receive special consideration for DEA positions.

It is not easy to become a DEA agent and the hiring process may take up to 12 months or longer. The process includes many phases including; qualifications review, written and oral assessment, panel interview, urinalysis drug test, medical examination, physical task test, polygraph examination, psychological assessment, and background investigation. After all phases have been successfully completed the final hiring decision is made, and only applicants who have remained the most competitive throughout the entire process receive final offers for employment.

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