WEEKEND TATICAL JOBS: How Not to Get a Bail Enforcement Agent Job

Probably not the right attire to wear when interviewing for that Bail Enforcement Gig – Wrong type of Bounty hunter, wrong universe

So if you actually want a job in bail enforcement…

You need to show up in regular street clothes . By regular I mean casual, not chaps and a feather in your hair. Do not wear your body armor and tactical vest with the cross draw holster into my office ! You will be asked to leave immediately!

You should have a resume and references, a copy of your driver’s license and any other license ( i.e. concealed carry , pepper spray , asp , handcuffing , etc) . Most states require a bail enforcement license. If you have this great, if not that’s ok also.

Most bondsman are willing to train the right person. If you are former military or law enforcement list it on the resume. You should not brag about how you are a jump rated Para ninja. You may get the chance to prove yourself later…

Bail enforcement is a lot of really boring time consuming work. You should have the ability to use a computer and write legibly. A lot of the work is done from the desk and the phone. There is a lot of social engineering involved so having the ability to be nice on the phone and in person is a plus.A good grasp of social media , MySpace, Facebook , Twitter etc. helps but is not mandatory. Be willing to do grunt work in the office , answer phones, make coffee, do address checks and so on .

There is money to be made in this field, but the numbers of full time professional bail enforcement agents that make six figure salaries are very few; probably less than ten in the whole country. I only know of one. I know of a bunch of wannabes that have claimed this over the years. But they don’t last long and usually end up in prison. (That’s another post about the ins and outs of the laws of each state)

Most agents have another job and work on cases as needed. You will either be on a commission basis meaning if you don’t find the person then you don’t get paid. Some companies pay a flat rate per pickup. I also usually get the agent to sign a do not compete and hold harmless agreement.

The hiring of a agent is a big risk for the bonding company, we want to make sure that if we do hire you we are not going to lose our home and livelihood for some cowboy. Your future boss has a lot to lose and little to gain from hiring you. So be prepared to be told no and not to take it personally.. Come back every few months just to say hello. That shows that you are committed and are really interested. I never hire a agent right off the street.. If I am interested I will take you on few pickups as the driver and paper holder. You have to earn the right to go through a door with me.

So if this sounds like something that appeals to you . Do your homework . Find a company that writes good bonds and has a good reputation, approach them and see what happens. You never know, I might just need someone tonight.

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~Ben Morgan

Ben has worked in lots of different job from a cook to security guard. He has been a bail bondsman for over 10 years, he currently lives in West Virginia with his family and animals.

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17 thoughts on “WEEKEND TATICAL JOBS: How Not to Get a Bail Enforcement Agent Job”

  1. I respect Bail Jumper Retrievers ! Big risk on the Liability side , as a Former Fed I have seen a few get Hung Up . I would never do it personally just for the Liabilities . So hats to you guys better Men than I ! Be careful ,God Bless !

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  2. Good luck, and I pray I am never on the other side of that door.

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  3. Cool article, definitely sounds like interesting work. This is good advice for job seekers in every field, though. Don’t be “that guy”…

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  4. The best fun you will ever experience… Call around and ask if they just need a few extra people assisting (Basically stay in your car and drive where they tell you and wait). Do it for free. After they learn to trust you and you assist in a few, they might drop some coin your way. Watch out it is very addictive/blast… Most important: RELAX!!!

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  5. i started with just one case, and got hooked and my boss at time was asshole so I went out on my own and now dominate the entire business in the state of Minnesota. I have now been doing it for over ten years with 1,300+ captures all logged. You have to start at bottom, but if your willing to go out and be a backdoor guy and see what it is like, that’s how you get foot on door. I hate guys that come in telling how many degrees they have, and they can catch anyone. Degrees don’t mean jack-shit in our line of work sorry to say, as its a job you learn from the inside and no one can teach you in classroom how to catch people. GreenHorns are useful in business, but the big mouthed ones are the ones you need to watch out for big mouthed ones.

    James C.
    St.Paul, MN
    US Bail & Fugitive Enforcement, LLC

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    1. Hi I have my certs to work out of California but trying to find someone hiring is something totally different. I’m willing to be a sponge and learn the business. I’m not trying to be a cowboy. I would like to make it home. If you know someone in California that might be hiring let me know. That will be greatly appreciated.

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  6. I have worked a few times as a “bail enforcement agent” .

    Feast or famine. Make $500 for 5 minutes worth of work, but a lot of times you are making nada for weeks of worth.

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  7. What about those “Skip tracers” they have alot of research to perform. Do you have a employee do that work, or pay a company?

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  8. That seems like an awesome job/caree. And its definitely something that has to come from experience,but obviously there are some skills that will aid you in the learning process.

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  9. you have to admit though, working as a bounty hunter while dressed like Boba Fett would be pretty awesome.

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    1. Amen, bro. In fact, I’d flippin’ work for free if I could do that. Screw that, I’d PAY!

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  10. I’ve just started in the field and have already gotten sick and tired of hearing; “Oh! You’re like ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’!”

    No, I’m not.

    I’m trying to be a professional Bail Enforcement Agent, not some sort of crusader, or as you say; “cowboy”.
    I am quiet, and try to treat everyone I meet with respect (even the bad guys). I don’t take it personally when a fugitive gets away; I wouldn’t want to be taken to jail either.
    The work is interesting if you make it that way. It’s fun, if you can see it that way. And it is a service not only to the criminal justice system, but also to my community. I help to keep the streets safe. I don’t MAKE the streets safe.

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  11. I owned a Bail Agency for 12 years, loved it but the local Judge changed how he did things and started loosing my ass.. There is good $ in it, but how you present yourself is everything.. I had a ton of 19 year old Navy SEAL, Force Recon Green Beret’s wanting to be a “Bounty Hunter” Like the man said, dress casual, avoid the 5.11 tuxedo look, and don’t start the conversation with “when I was in asscrackistan”… I only hired ex-military and or ex LEO personally, but was willing to train the right guy..

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  12. I did it briefly for about two years on a very part time basis, but the way I got into it was very different, as was the way I got work. In 2000, a buddy of mine called me up and asked if I was interested in attending a three day class taught by Bob Burton. I was bored with my job, intrigued by the idea and thought that even if nothing came of it, it would be fun to take a class from a guy I had seen on television a couple of times.

    Long story short, we take the class (which was all classroom) and joined what was at the time NIBE (not sure if it’s still around). Basically, all the jobs that we got were from out of town bondsmen who had a skip he thought was in our area and for any number of reasons was not willing to make the trek to VA to find and pick up the skip. What they would do was call NIBE and ask if they could recommend anybody in the state where the skip was (or where they thought he was) and NIBE would send the bondsman my way. At the time, we were the only two NIBE “certified” guys in VA. Obviously, we worked on a strictly “no body, no booty” basis, and the standard minimum fee was 10% of the bond, with some exceptions. I can say, most of the work was fairly boring, but it could be satisfying and immensely fun too.

    Now a few words of advice. This job is not about brawn nearly as much as it is about brains. I am a small dude who is not going to physically intimidate anybody, with the exception of the people most vulnerable to influenza who get to have their flu shots before everyone else. However, I know how to talk to people, and could often talk most people into handcuffs without getting physical (apart from cuffing, obviously). If you’re not the type who can talk a tense situation down, or at the very least not escalate it, then don’t even bother. There’s simply too much liability for both you and the bondsman.

    Treat people the way you want them to behave and leave your ego at home. If you go in waving your dick around, you better believe that you may be entering a pissing contest that could end in a very bad way. Treat someone like an animal, and he’ll mostly behave like one. Avoid fights as much as possible. A lot of times jails won’t take someone who is bleeding all over the place so you’re going to be an underpaid babysitter until your skip is looking good enough for the deputies to take.

    My experience is pretty much limited to 2000 – 2002 and things are very different now (in VA, don’t know about other states), so to anyone with more experience, please don’t hesitate to correct me. Also, the local PD where I picked up most of my skips were very friendly to us and always helped where they could. Your mileage may, and most likely will, vary. Some PD’s would straight up tell me to fuck off.

    All that being said, if you’re interested, by all means pursue it. I had some fun and learned a lot.

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  13. Treat people the way you want them to behave and leave your ego at home.

    I can’t think of any profession worth being in where this ISN’T good advice.

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  14. When I decided to leave LE to do other work I interviewed for a position doing this in NC. I thought it would be a good use of previous skills and some extra cash while I opened a business plus good timing since in NC you can’t be a bondsman while working as or married to anyone in the CJ system. Myself and a previous partner had looked at starting our own shop so I knew the state training and fees the state lists. After we talked for an hour he offered me the job, then laid on me his costs and requirements. He said he would want me available 24/7, work a few hours for out every morning, manage the office for night shift, it would cost me 3 grand to set up an escrow account on top of state class and testing fees, and the kicker was that I would not get paid an hourly rate for the ojt or office work, but instead I would only get paid from the bonds he let me write. He said that he would only allow me to write bonds once he thought I had adequate ojt. In the end he said it would be a year before I broke even from my 3g investment and 2 years before I would make a profit. I decide to nix this from my part time job list and become a substitute teacher, I hope it’s easier to break into this in other states.

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  15. I’m James out of Stockton Ca. I have my California certs to be a Bail Enforcement Agent in this state. The issue is finding a Bail Bondsman to hire you or a team. I don’t have much experience well none at all. Just finished my 20 hour bail class and my pc832 arrest class what is required here. Just looking for a place to get my foot in the door. Please get back to me if you know of anybody looking for an agent. Thanks.

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