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Homeland Security employs over 154,000 federal workers and the department’s mission is to protect the United States using state-of-the-art intelligence information. DHS was established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, (6 U.S.C. 101) to consolidate the functions of 22 agencies under one vast network to protect the United States. DHS with funding of approximately $40 billion annually transferred functions from the Department of the Treasury, Justice, HHS, Defense, FBI, Secret Service, GSA, Energy, Agriculture, Transportation, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The new organization is comprised of five major directorates.  DHS Job listings follow:

The Department of Homeland Security employs numerous law enforcement officers under several different agencies, including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Secret Service. U.S. Border Patrol agents protect more than 8,000 miles of international land and water boundaries. Their missions are to detect and prevent the smuggling and unlawful entry of undocumented foreign nationals into the United States; to apprehend those persons violating the immigration laws; and to interdict contraband, such as narcotics.


Address: Washington, DC 20528, (202) 282-8000

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Transportation Security Officers

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Security Screening Personnel

Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) perform a variety of duties related to providing security and protection of air travelers, airports and aircraft. They may be required to perform passenger screening, baggage screening or both and they are expected to perform all of these duties in a courteous and professional manner.  The principal duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Perform security screening:
    • Of persons, including tasks such as: hand-wanding (which includes the requirement to reach and wand the individual from the floor to over head), pat-down searches, and monitoring walk-through metal detector screening equipment of property
    • Of property including the operation of x-ray machines to identify dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and on passengers; and preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft.
  • Control entry and exit points
  • Continuously improve security screening processes and personal
    performance through training and development

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Check their website at www.tsa.gov, for additional information.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agents

  • Average salary $64,000
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • High school – experience or a BS degree or higher for entry level job
    Located at 327 points of entry
  • Guards 6000 miles of borders plus 2000 miles of the Florida and Puerto Rico coast line

CBP Officers prevent the entry of terrorists and terrorist weapons into the United States. Their mission extends to inspecting travelers and their goods, detecting and seizing narcotics and other illegal, prohibited or dangerous articles, and interdicting the unlawful entry of undocumented and/or prohibited persons seeking to enter the country.

Activities include:

  • Playing a front-line role in CBP’s critical anti-terrorism mission
  • Performing physical checks of travelers, cargo and vehicles
  • Interacting with the traveling public arriving from overseas, as well as inspecting
    luggage and airborne cargo, in international airports
  • Focusing on ships, containers, cruise passengers, luggage and all types of seaborne
    cargo in seaports
  • Inspecting commercial trucking and passenger vehicles at land border crossings
  • Using advanced technology tools as well as traditional methods, such as K-9 teams
  • Working with fellow law enforcement officers from CBP and other agencies

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