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FBI Police

Security and Investigations Careers at the FBI

FBI Police Officer

FBI police play a crucial role in fulfilling our mission. When FBI employees, visitors, or the surrounding public need help, they rely on the dedicated and professional FBI police officers.

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FBI police officers serve as first responders to any emergency. They maintain access points at FBI facilities and patrol the grounds, buildings, and surrounding areas. They investigate and report suspicious persons and activities, maintain order, protect citizens, and promote community relations. FBI police officers may also travel across the country to support FBI operations and special events.

Job Duties

  • Serve as first responders to all emergency situations

  • Monitor, report, and investigate suspicious persons, vehicles, and situations; safety hazards; and unusual or illegal activity in patrol areas

  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts

  • Provide direction and guidance to employees, visitors, and the public regarding law enforcement and security matters

  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities

  • Check for proper identification of pedestrian and vehicular traffic prior to admittance to secure spaces

  • Screen visitors, vehicles, and packages for the detection of explosive devices and prohibited items

  • Respond to a variety of alarms and alerts

  • Protect and safeguard national security information

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Qualifications and Eligibility

Minimum Qualifications

To be eligible for a police officer position, you must meet the following:

  • Be able to attend and pass the panel interview and Police Officer Selection System (POSS) written test

  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance

  • Be able to pass a U.S. government physical exam

  • Have (or be able to obtain) a valid driver's license

  • Become proficient in the use of a firearm and various other weapon systems

  • Have successfully completed a full four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in any field

Training Requirements

All police officer candidates require a pre-employment Fitness-for-Duty medical examination.

New appointees must complete a 12-week Uniformed Police Officer Training Program in Glynco, Georgia. After graduating, police officers receive four weeks of specialized instruction at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and five weeks of on-the-job training at their permanent assigned location.

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In addition to job-specific qualifications, you must meet all FBI eligibility requirements.


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Selection Process

The Police Officer Selection System (POSS) is a challenging process designed to find only the most capable applicants. Once you make it through the process, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety of FBI personnel and assets. You will be rated on the following competencies:

  • Initiative and motivation

  • Stress tolerance

  • Interpersonal ability

  • Decision making

  • Attention to detail

  • Adaptability and flexibility

  • Oral communication

  • Professionalism

  • Writing

  1. Application & Screening
    Attach all necessary forms to your application, including your official or unofficial transcripts, a DD-214 for former members of the Armed Forces or your military enlistment contract for current Armed Forces members. Applications are screened for eligibility and suitability. All documentation is submitted through FBIJobs.gov.
  2. Initial Email
    If you pass preliminary screening, you will be contacted by the recruitment team to begin your virtual testing. Once all necessary documents are received, you will move on to the next phase.
  3. Writing Test
    You must complete a 45-minute online writing test and submit it to the recruitment team by the deadline.
  4. Interview
    If you receive a passing score on the written test, you will be invited to a structured interview conducted by FBI officers.
  5. Conditional Job Offer (CJO)
    If you receive a passing score on both the written test and interview, you will receive a Conditional Job Offer (CJO). Hiring is contingent on the successful completion of the remaining components (background investigation, medical review, polygraph, etc.).
  6. Background Investigation
    Once you receive a CJO, you must complete a background investigation to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance. The background investigation includes a Personnel Security Interview (PSI), polygraph, drug test, fingerprinting, and medical examination. It also includes credit and arrest checks, interviews with associates, references, and verification of educational achievements.
  7. Final Offer
    Once you have passed the background investigation, you will receive a final job offer.
  8. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Training
    You must attend an intense, 12-week Uniformed Police Officer Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. After graduating from FLETC, cadets will receive four weeks of specialized instruction at the FBI Academy and five weeks of on-the-job training (OJT) with a permanent duty Location.
  9. First Duty Assignment

    Upon successful completion of FLETC training and passing the Background Investigation, you will officially join the FBI and be given your duty assignment.

    For more information about the POSS process, check out the POSS Guide (PDF).
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