Essay On Becoming A Drug Enforcement Agent

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My first professional interview revolved around a career that I wish to pursue one day: becoming a DEA agent. After my interview I found out what it takes to become a Drug Enforcement Agent (DEA). I discovered that this job can be exciting and very rewarding. Not everyone is cut out to join the DEA, but the ones who are, love what they do. From this interview, I learned the requirements and special training that would help a person join the DEA. The agent I interviewed could not provide me with his full name because it would compromise him, so he referred to himself as Matt. He spoke about things like how the criminal justice system is changing in multicultural societies and diverse populations. I learned a lot in this interview from the technique …show more content…
It is important for officers to be aware of these different groups of people for their safety and the officer’s safety. Arab Americans for example may get out of their car after being pulled over out of respect for the police officer. Other new members of society may take the pointing of a finger or the palm as a sign of disrespect. So as you can see it is very important for officers to be aware of these differences to avoid any unnecessary altercations. Matt explained to me how many of the departments that he worked for required some sort of diversity training. It is important to treat all races with respect when it comes to criminal justice. When people feel they are becoming alienated or singled out, the start losing trust with the department. In order to prevent racial disparity, police departments often hire minorities. This allows the department to be represented by its …show more content…
Matt explained to me that he did not become interested in this career until high school. In high school he took classes to help prepare for the job. He to sociology classes and public speaking classes. He completed four years of college in Massachusetts. He got a minor in physiology and a Bachelor’s of Science. It is required to have a four-year degree or extensive involvement in undercover, surveillance or drug cases. After graduating college, Matt applied for an internship with the United States Marshalls. While with the Marshalls he gained a lot of experience of how the job worked and this helped him later gain a job with them. Since he was not paid for the internship, he joined the United States Navy. He was in the Navy for 4 years. Although he was a Surface warfare officer, Engineer officer, and an Operations officer during his service, and not involved in any police training it still gave him an edge over other applicants. When applying for a government job, sometimes the bare necessities is not enough to land the job. A lot of people join the military or some other similar job for the training and respect that it comes with. After leaving the Navy, he was offered a job with the Marshalls. This job required him to move to Washington D.C. While working for the Marshalls he was tasked with transporting protecting inmates to and from court. Later he helped serve federal arrest warrants for some of the

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