Criminal Enforcement: Special Agents

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Remembering our
Fallen Agents

EPA's Criminal Investigation Division (EPA CID) Special Agents are fully authorized law enforcement officers empowered to enforce our nation's environmental laws as well as any other federal law in accordance with the guidelines established by the Attorney General of the United States (18 U.S.C. 3063).

EPA's Criminal Enforcement Program agents are highly trained men and women dedicated to the enforcement of federal laws protecting our environment; specifically, our air, water, and land resources. EPA CID Special Agents work within a structure of sophisticated environmental science and technology. EPA's CID Special Agents bring with them diverse backgrounds and a variety of work experience. An EPA CID Special Agent is a career position in the federal government with stringent qualification requirements.

What are the qualifications of EPA CID Special Agents?

Applicants for the position of EPA CID Special Agent must be a United States citizen, between the ages of 21 and 37 years old, and in excellent physical condition. EPA CID Special Agents receive eight weeks of basic federal law enforcement and Criminal Investigator training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center located in Glynco, Georgia. In addition to the basic law enforcement training, EPA CID Special Agents receive an additional eight weeks of training in conducting investigations of the criminal provisions of our federal environmental laws. Our Special Agents receive periodic in-service training, as well as advanced training in various investigative techniques.

Do you have what it takes?

Visit Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) web site for information on position qualifications, medical and testing requirements:

For information about employment opportunities with the Criminal Investigation Division, visit the EPA Careers web site. All open positions at EPA are announced on this site. If there are no positions listed, then there are no openings at this time.

Remembering Our Fallen...

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy set aside May 15 as National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. The annual observance allows us to give a heartfelt "thank you" to federal, state and local law enforcement personnel and remember the fallen officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

EPA honors its own agents who gave their lives while carrying out their duties. These three exceptional individuals made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation's land, water and air; and citizens from those who would violate the law.

Special Agent Dave DeLitta - 1988 Exit
Special Agent in Charge Bill Parr - 2002 Exit
Special Agent Tim Fidel - 2004 Exit

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A plaque honoring the EPA Special Agents who died while on active duty, is on display in the Headquarters office of the Criminal Enforcement program.

"The work of our special agents enables EPA to draw 'the line in the sand' that says that criminal violators of our environmental laws will be prosecuted," said former Criminal Enforcement Director Fred Burnside. "The dedication of our fallen officers inspires our work and ensures that their contributions will not be forgotten."

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund web site offers more information on National Police Week and scheduled activities.Exit

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