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Bounty Hunter Job Description, Career as a Bounty Hunter, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

hunters bail profession enforcement

Education and Training:— No formal degrees required. Certification/ licensing may be necessary in some states.

Salary: Median— $62,500 annually

Employment Outlook:— Fair

Bounty hunters, officially referred to as bail enforcement agents or fugitive recovery agents, capture fugitives in return for a monetary reward which is known as the “bounty”. These unofficial law enforcement agents track down defendants who have failed to appear in court. Their primary responsibility involves executing warrants on people who have skipped or forfeited bail. Bounty hunters work independently, and are often hired by bail bond companies in the case of disappearance of any of their clients.

The profession of bounty hunting is legal only in the Republic of the Philippines, and the United States. In other countries, standard law enforcement agencies are employed to track down and return suspects.

Bounty hunters play the role of police authorities when it comes to capturing bail jumpers and ensuring their appearance in court. They are an important part of the bail bonds system, and in turn, of the justice system of a country.

Bounty hunting, as a profession, involves a number of responsibilities. Bounty hunters have to conduct investigations, perform surveillance, make arrests, and transport prisoners to the proper authorities. The job also requires one to research the state laws and regulations, and work in accordance with those.

Education and Training Requirements

In order to enter the profession of bounty hunting, candidates are not required to possess any specific academic qualification. However, it is advisable to opt for formal education in the field of liberal arts, criminal justice, or business.

Although formal degrees are not mandatory, a number of states require bounty hunters to possess licenses. There are some state-certified schools that offer certification courses to bounty hunters. In addition, it is extremely important to have a thorough understanding of the state laws. Each state has its own specific laws on bail enforcement and bounty hunting. Prior to applying for licensing, it is necessary to know the criteria for application in that state. For instance, in some states, it is not legal for bounty hunters to carry fire arms. Some other states require bounty hunters to wear visible identification tags. Still others, like Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Oregon, consider bounty hunting to be illegal.

Another important aspect of the profession is training. Those wishing to become bounty hunters need to have some kind of martial arts and self defense training. One should learn how to use a fire arm. It is also a good idea to have some knowledge about security measures and negotiation tactics.

Getting the Job

Getting the job of a bounty hunter may prove a little tricky. Since they are mostly recruited by companies in the bail bonds industry, it is a good idea to first approach such an organization to act as a mentor. Local companies may even advertise job openings through job portals on the Internet.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Advancement in this profession comes with experience. It is usually after years of work that one becomes familiar with all the processes of tracing fugitives and apprehending them.

In order to progress in their careers, bounty hunters must maintain friendly relationships with others in the bail enforcement profession. It is extremely necessary to market one’s services since bail bond companies only trust bounty hunters they know well and are comfortable with.

Opting for online courses in bounty hunting can also prove beneficial. These courses provide information on the various techniques of locating fugitives, like “skip tracing”. Attending these courses will make one aware of the more effective ways of conducting background checks, obtaining phone records, and tracing license plates.

Employment outlook for bounty hunters is expected to be fair in the next ten years. They are an important part of the state’s justice system, and help apprehend the large number of fugitives who regularly skip bonds and try to flee the authorities. Job prospects are likely to be favorable for those having formal certification.

Working Conditions

Bounty hunters lead an adventurous life. They have to travel frequently and work odd hours. The job also has an element of danger attached to it. Bounty hunters are required to bring to justice fugitives who are considered armed and dangerous. This job role calls for a great deal of courage and cleverness, and also expertise in self defense techniques. Bounty hunters may have to work in all kinds of weather conditions, and be prepared to chase after a fugitive any time of the day or night.

Where to Go for More Information

United States Professional Bail Bond Investigators Association
P.o. Box 7819
San Antonio, Texas 78207
http://www.bountyhunt.com/

National Association of Bail Enforcement Agents
P.O. Box 129
Falls Church, VA 22040-0129
http://www.nabea.org/

Fugitive Recovery Agents Association
P.O. Box 323
Lorain, Ohio 44052
http://springbreakbail.com/

Salary, Earnings and Benefits

Bounty hunters employed by bail bonds companies usually charge a contingency fee for apprehending a bail jumper. This fee is about 10% of the bail bond’s face value.

Entry level jobs in this profession report median annual salaries of $25,000 in the United States. However, with experience, bounty hunters have been known to earn $100,000 annually.

Bounty hunters do not enjoy most of the regular benefits that are offered to salaried professionals. However, those employed by an organization may be entitled to paid leaves, vacations, and life insurance and medical insurance coverage.

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almost 6 years ago

Can a person become a Bounty Hunter

when they have a felonious assault on their record? What if their records gets expunged? In what states could they be a Bounty Hunter? Ohio?

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over 5 years ago

Hello and how are you? Great. I'm writing this letter in response of becoming a bounty hunter. If so, can you please mail me some info on how to apply in michigan. Thank you for your time.

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about 4 years ago

I'm am a former Marine. I have A forgery charges. I am attending school and have state deptartment training in security. I also did some private work. I'm interested in fugitive recovery or missing person here and internationally. What do I need to by pass my charge.

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about 4 years ago

Hi My name Leila I want to be Bounty hunter
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about 5 years ago

The professional organization representing this industry is the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents fugitive-recovery.org

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over 5 years ago

i my name is cahal gallett an i live oklahoma city an i was wondering if you knew any one does job training on bounting hunter

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over 5 years ago

no skills or fighting moves but i do like to learn on yor safety hands

and i'm ready to die for my duty

send for me a good answer that i can be glad for it and thanks...

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about 6 years ago

Dear Sir,
I am writing to enquire about the vacancies in your establishment; I’m 25 years old, I started my career as Operation Executive in A B T Parcel Services Varkala Trivandrum Dist South Kerala .Currently I am working as a Welfare Supervisor in ON TIME Technical and Decor General Maintenance Dubai U A E, and have been attached to multi jobs related to the airports, and have completed required training in the airport. I had worked in HDFC Standard Life as a Financial Consultant, graduated from Board of higher secondary examinations, Karala, India.
I had worked as a Baggage Team Leader with Qatar Aviation Services in Doha International Airport for Two years.
I am holding a valid Qatari license, Doha international Airport Driving license and Indian Heavy License; I am also holder of IATA DGR basic awareness and Airport Safety certificate. I am fluent in English and well knowledge in Computer.
I assure you that if I get an opportunity to serve your esteemed firm once again I will discharge to the utmost satisfaction of my superior officials.
I am enclosing detail resume and copy of all the certificates along with application.

NOTE: Presently i am working in company now company facing financial Problems. They are reducing employs from the firm company informed me to look better opportunity for some other firm They will let me to get NOC and other needful things.If am getting any opportunity work in your firm i will reach their as early as possible and i can join in your firm.
I will appreciate your favorable reply.
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully ,
LINU SALAM
Mob: 00971503637100, 00971559465363,00971507709315
E mail: linusalam@yahoo.co.in
linusalam@hotmail.com









CURRICULUM VITAE

LINU ABDUL SALAM
Email: linusalam666@yahoo.co.in
linusalam@hotmail.com
Mobile: 0503637100, 0559465363


OBJECTIVE:
An ambitious & enthusiastic individual seeking a position as Airside Team Leader, or any other adequate position in a high esteemed company to promote/ achieve the Targets / Goals of the company under any challenging circumstances.

Name : Linu Abdul Salam

Name of father : Abdul Salam

Nationality : Indian

Date of Birth : 24-04-1985

Marital Status : Married

Religion : Islam-Muslim

Languages : English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil

Availability for Interview : Immediate

Passport Details
Passport Number : G7360296
Passport Expiry : 20-04-2018

Visa Details
Visa Expiry : 31-03-2013
Visa Type : Employment

Permanent Address Thekkevilakom
Vettoor, PO-Pin 695312
Varkala, Trivandrum (Dist)
Kerala, South India
Tel: 04702 601563

Educational Qualification

• Plus Two Passed from Govt. Higher Secondary School Vettoor-Kerala India
• 10th Passed from Govt. Higher Secondary School Vettoor-Kerala India
Certification
• Certificate in IATA DGR From Airline Academy Varkala Trivandrum
• Diploma in Computer Hardware From Plus Point Varkala Trivandrum
• M S Office From Oxford Computer Varkala Trivandrum
• Welding 6G Position From IIWT Kollam

Training Details
• Dangerous Goods Awareness from Qatar Aviation Services
• Ramp Safety Awareness from Qatar Aviation Services
• Basic Airside Driving Course from Qatar Aviation Services
• Airside Vehicle operating Regulation Manual from Doha Inter National Airport
• IRDA from Insurance Institute of India

License Details
• Doha International Airport Driving Permit
• Qatar Government Driving License (LMV)
• Kerala Government Driving License (HPMV,HGMV)

Working Experience

Currently working as a Welfare Supervisor in On Time Technical Services Dubai From 03 Apr 2010 till the date.
I am working in HDFC Standard Life India as Overseas Financial Consultant From 01Jan 2010 to 02 Apr 2010.
I am working as a Baggage Team Leader in Qatar Aviation Services Doha Intl Airport Qatar From 06 Dec 2007 to 07 Dec 2009.
I started my carrier as Operation Executive in ABT Parcel Services India From 05 Apr 2003 to 03 Jun 2005.

Personal and Professional Profile
• Comfortable interacting with people of diverse culture, strata and caliber.
• Proven competency, sincerity and hard working qualities.
• Consistency in quality work with professionalism, dedication and proactive nature.
• Good communication skills and well tolerance.

DECLARATION
I do hereby declare that above mentioned information’s are true and best of my knowledge
YOURS FAITHFULYY
DATE Linu Abdul Salam
09/08/2010

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over 4 years ago

Ext. Forest Hills
H-103 Atenas Street
Bayamón, PR 00959 (787) 203-8446 /
(787) 531-6249
JAVIER E. FIGUEROA VELAZQUEZ


Objective: I would like obtain a position to develop the knowledge and skills gained during my 15 years of experience as a State Police of Puerto Rico.



Experience: 1998-2012 Police of Puerto Rico

Investigating officer / Helicopter Pilot
   Agent fugitives investigator and incident investigation
   Civil strife, Escort Dignitaries and Groups Tactical, hostage negotiator, Special Reaction Team. S.R.T. and D.O.T. Tactical Operations Division.
   VIP Helicopter Commercial Pilot and LAW enforcement
   1,500 flight hours in several helicopters like Robinson – R-22, R-44, Bell-206 B-3, Long Ranger L-4, Bell-407, OH - 58, Bell-412, MD-500, Augusta 119 Koala.




Education: 2011-2012 University U.M.E.T.
Bayamón P.R.

Culminating Degree in Criminal Justice.

Caribbean Aviation 2007-2008 San Juan P.R.
Private and Commercial Pilot Helicopter

1997-1999 College of Criminal Justice Gurabo
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Francisco Oller Sup 1996 Cataño P.R. Diploma of Fourth Year



Knowledge: I have a Commercial Pilot License Helicopter in which I currently work for the Police of Puerto Rico Air Unit and San Juan Municipal Police Air Unit. In addition I have the factory trainings Helicopter Robinson R-44 in LA. California and Bell 407 Texas.
Fluency in English and Spanish.


References: Available if required.

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over 4 years ago

Ext. Forest Hills
H-103 Atenas Street
Bayamón, PR 00959 (787) 203-8446 /
(787) 531-6249
JAVIER E. FIGUEROA VELAZQUEZ


Objective: I would like obtain a position to develop the knowledge and skills gained during my 15 years of experience as a State Police of Puerto Rico.



Experience: 1998-2012 Police of Puerto Rico

Investigating officer / Helicopter Pilot
   Agent fugitives investigator and incident investigation
   Civil strife, Escort Dignitaries and Groups Tactical, hostage negotiator, Special Reaction Team. S.R.T. and D.O.T. Tactical Operations Division.
   VIP Helicopter Commercial Pilot and LAW enforcement
   1,500 flight hours in several helicopters like Robinson – R-22, R-44, Bell-206 B-3, Long Ranger L-4, Bell-407, OH - 58, Bell-412, MD-500, Augusta 119 Koala.




Education: 2011-2012 University U.M.E.T.
Bayamón P.R.

Culminating Degree in Criminal Justice.

Caribbean Aviation 2007-2008 San Juan P.R.
Private and Commercial Pilot Helicopter

1997-1999 College of Criminal Justice Gurabo
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Francisco Oller Sup 1996 Cataño P.R. Diploma of Fourth Year



Knowledge: I have a Commercial Pilot License Helicopter in which I currently work for the Police of Puerto Rico Air Unit and San Juan Municipal Police Air Unit. In addition I have the factory trainings Helicopter Robinson R-44 in LA. California and Bell 407 Texas.
Fluency in English and Spanish.


References: Available if required.

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over 5 years ago

my name is said i have31 years old i am sports man i live in morocco i am intersted by bounty hunter if you want my help send me a massege

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about 6 years ago

how old do you hive to be

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over 4 years ago

Ext. Forest Hills
H-103 Atenas Street
Bayamón, PR 00959 (787) 203-8446 /
(787) 531-6249
JAVIER E. FIGUEROA VELAZQUEZ


Objective: I would like obtain a position to develop the knowledge and skills gained during my 15 years of experience as a State Police of Puerto Rico.



Experience: 1998-2012 Police of Puerto Rico

Investigating officer / Helicopter Pilot
   Agent fugitives investigator and incident investigation
   Civil strife, Escort Dignitaries and Groups Tactical, hostage negotiator, Special Reaction Team. S.R.T. and D.O.T. Tactical Operations Division.
   VIP Helicopter Commercial Pilot and LAW enforcement
   1,500 flight hours in several helicopters like Robinson – R-22, R-44, Bell-206 B-3, Long Ranger L-4, Bell-407, OH - 58, Bell-412, MD-500, Augusta 119 Koala.




Education: 2011-2012 University U.M.E.T.
Bayamón P.R.

Culminating Degree in Criminal Justice.

Caribbean Aviation 2007-2008 San Juan P.R.
Private and Commercial Pilot Helicopter

1997-1999 College of Criminal Justice Gurabo
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Francisco Oller Sup 1996 Cataño P.R. Diploma of Fourth Year



Knowledge: I have a Commercial Pilot License Helicopter in which I currently work for the Police of Puerto Rico Air Unit and San Juan Municipal Police Air Unit. In addition I have the factory trainings Helicopter Robinson R-44 in LA. California and Bell 407 Texas.
Fluency in English and Spanish.


References: Available if required.

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over 3 years ago

well i love the bounty hunting bizz

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over 3 years ago

I would like to pursue in this field how much will it cost me and where can I begin classes or training in the Austin Texas area, Thank you for your time...