Many of the most sought after jobs among law enforcement careers are with federal agencies. These agencies are among the most professional law enforcement agencies. Many of their employees are well trained and compensated. There is also stiff competition for these jobs.
The one characteristic that makes federal law enforcement agencies desirable to work for is the decentralized nature of their work. Agencies address particular crimes that are within their jurisdiction. The Drug Enforcement Agency deals with the illegal drug trade while the Secret Service investigates crimes involving counterfeit currency. This differentiation of duties may help provide opportunities for candidates.
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of five branches of the US Armed Forces and falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard is the nation's oldest continuous seagoing service with responsibilities including Search and Rescue , Maritime Law Enforcement, Aids to Navigation, Ice Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness. The Coast Guard has 38,000 active-duty men and women, 8,000 Reservists, and 35,000 Auxiliary personnel who serve in a variety of job fields.
There are several ways to become an officer in the Coast Guard:
Successfully graduating from the Coast Guard Academy
Successfully completing Officer Candidate School (OCS)
Through one of several Direct Commissioning Programs