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U.S. Marshals Service

Detention Enforcement Officer 


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Current DEO Vacancies within the U.S. Marshals Service

DEO positions will be posted on the USAJOBS website as they become available.


  •  Transporting prisoners
  •  Conducting searches of prisoners/detainees
  •  Applying and/or removing restraints (handcuffs, leg irons, and waist chain)
  •  Cellblock management
  •  Prisoner Processing


  • Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade which demonstrates the responsibility for transporting prisoners; conducting searches of prisoners/detainees; applying and/or removing restraints.

  • Applicants must be appointed prior to their 37th birthday.


All new DEOs are required to successfully complete a 3-week rigorous basic training program conducted at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in
Glynco, Georgia. 

  • The incumbent will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency.

  • Some of the duties require physical stamina in resisting assault; in running long distances to reach the scene of emergencies; in repelling or resisting intruders; in withstanding exposure to extreme weather conditions; in working alongside inmates in confined areas; sitting in vehicles for extended periods; and standing in a detention area for extended periods of time.    

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