CBP hiring 2000 officers for ports in 18 states

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it is accepting applications for 2,000 new officer positions nationwide.

Funding for the 2014 federal fiscal year has allowed the agency to provide additional staffing at 44 air, land and sea ports in 18 states, including the Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona.

The agency says hiring more officers will enhance security and reduce wait times at United States borders, as well as facilitate volumes of legitimate goods and travelers vital to the nation's economy.

The primary responsibility of the officers is to detect and stop threats at borders while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its officers enforce more than 400 laws related to trade, contraband, agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of individuals. Officers carry firearms and are given paid training.

An applicant must be a U.S. citizen, have been a resident for the past three years, and have a valid driver's license. Also, the applicant must either be referred for selection before age 37, be a preference eligible veteran, or have civilian federal law enforcement experience.

Applicants have to pass an entrance exam, a medical exam, a polygraph test, physical fitness assessments, a drug test, a background investigation, and a video-based test and/or a structured interview.

For more information, visit www.cbp.gov/careers. To apply, visit www.usajobs.gov.