According to the United States Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorneys assigned to North Carolina’s Western, Eastern, and Middle Districts are assigned a number of criminal activities, including:
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Child pornography
- Civil rights violations
- Computer fraud
- Corporate and financial institution fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Environmental crime
- Federal wildlife violations
- Firearms violations
- Healthcare fraud
- Immigration offenses
- Mail fraud
- Money laundering
- Public corruption
- Securities fraud
- Tax violations
Further, because the eastern band of the Cherokee Indians, which comprises the largest Indian reservation east of the Mississippi, U.S. attorneys are also responsible for prosecuting crimes on Indian lands under federal law.
The North Carolina Districts within the U.S. Attorney’s Office has a number of organized programs that support federal law enforcement jobs in the state focused on the investigation and prosecution of individuals accused of federal crimes:
Human Trafficking: The Human Trafficking program is operated with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, as well as a number of local law enforcement agencies.
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force: The OCDETF program uses an inter-agency strategy, as it combines it resources with a number of federal agency members, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the United States Marshals, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Federal Law Enforcement Education and Training in North Carolina
A career in federal law enforcement typically begins with a four-year degree from a regionally accredited college or university, as a number of federal agencies, including the U.S. Marshals and the United States Secret Service demand, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree as an employment requirement.
Beyond a college degree, federal law enforcement careers always include a training program. With the exception of training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which occurs at the FBI’s training facility in Quantico, Virginia, most federal law enforcement professionals train at one of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC).
The closest FLETC training facility for federal law enforcement officers and other professionals in North Carolina is FLETC-Charleston, which is located at the site of the former naval base in Charleston, South Carolina. As one of the FLETC’s three residential training sites, FLETC-Charleston includes classrooms, a physical training complex, maritime training platforms (including a 500-foot break bulk freighter), and an indoor firing range.
Within the last decade, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Courts (Federal Probation and Pretrial Services), the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigation Service, the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Customs and Border protection all established their training academies at FLETC-Charleston.
Federal Law Enforcement Offices in North Carolina
The following law enforcement offices are located in North Carolina:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
U.S. Secret Service
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
U.S. Naval Criminal Investigation Service
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