Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBP Officer)

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Join America’s first line of defense. Apply now to be a CBP Officer.

Looking for opportunities to build your career and protect our country? You may be interested in serving on America’s front line with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations. Established in 2003, CBP exists to safeguard our borders, protecting our country and enhancing our global economy by enabling legitimate trade and travel.

To protect the public from danger, we hire individuals with the strongest ethical and moral values. We look for people who are mission-focused and enjoy an ever-changing and fast paced environment.

CBP offers a rewarding career with federal benefits: competitive pay, paid time off, paid training, tuition assistance, health and life insurance, and benefits only available to law enforcement positions such as 6(c) retirement coverage.

Position Description

Over one million people enter the United States every day. As a CBP Officer, you’ll be the first to welcome, the first to assist, and the first to protect. CBP Officers are America’s first line of defense, and are responsible for determining the admissibility of individuals for entry into the U.S. In this role, you will enforce customs, immigration and agriculture laws and regulations, facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel, and conduct inspections of individuals and conveyances. You will also prevent the illegal entry of individuals and prohibited goods, and the smuggling of illegal drugs and other contraband. Additional opportunities for CBP Officers may include participating in K-9 inspection, the Special Response Team (SRT), or Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET).

Basic Requirements

To be eligible for employment with CBP, applicants must:

Be a U.S. citizen
Possess a valid driver’s license
Be referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (waiver for Veterans’ preference eligible)
Reside in the U.S. for 3 of the last 5 years (military exception)
Be eligible to carry a firearm
Pass the application process which includes a job-related medical, fitness and drug test, a background investigation, and polygraph examination
Be willing to travel; frequent travel is required both domestic and foreign Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments

Common Disqualifiers

You may be rated unsuitable for the position if your background includes:

Use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs
Convictions (including misdemeanor domestic violence charges)
Intentional harboring or concealment of an illegal alien


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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