What does a Lead Special Agent do?

Special agents are detectives or criminal investigators who work for government agencies to investigate suspected and alleged criminal violations of laws and to determine if the evidence is sufficient to warrant prosecution. Special agents work in the investigation, criminal justice, and homeland security functions. They investigate many forms of illegal activity including kidnapping, bank robbery, cybercrime, and other white-collar crime. They work to enforce the nation’s law and are involved in national security issues and matters and monitor ongoing situations and conduct investigations to look for possible threats.

Special agents protect national borders and are responsible for investigating interstate crimes, international espionage, and potential terrorist threats. They work in undercover assignments to gather evidence, do surveillance and observation, and monitor activity on court-authorized wiretaps. They interview witnesses or suspects to obtain intelligence on illegal activities, and they examine personal, financial, and business records. They serve arrest warrants and take individuals into custody as approved by the court. Special agents need a minimum associate's degree with a concentration in criminal justice.

What responsibilities are common for Lead Special Agent jobs?
  • Assist in preparing court documents for criminal cases, hearings, and collections.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations as directed by project manager.
  • Update and close case files continually and in an accurate manner.
  • Use defined research procedures to identify and resolve issues.
  • Resolve escrow closing issues with property owners, agencies, and escrow holders.
  • Conduct initial interviews of people calling regarding fraud allegation and to generate fraud referrals.
  • Assist with field rollout of new products, programs, and tools.
  • Act as an advance agent or support agent for security operations.
What are the typical qualifications for Lead Special Agent jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Strong command of the English language and good communication/interview skills.
  • Exhibit strong leadership, time management, and problem solving skills.
  • Mastery of multiple languages is an asset.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Special Agent make near United States?

$142,803 /yr
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Lead Special Agent Career Path

Learn how to become a Lead Special Agent, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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