Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

Narcotics Agent/Special Agent

Narcotics Agents with the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control are involved in criminal investigative work of a highly confidential nature involving the detection and investigation of violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act and other applicable Commonwealth laws and statutes.

Special Agents with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations or the Environmental Crimes Section are involved in criminal investigative work of a highly confidential nature involving the detection and investigation of violations of the Crimes Code and other criminal statues of the Commonwealth. Special Agents assigned to the ChildPredator Unit in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations enforce Act 5 of 2002 which is designed to protect children from sexual exploitation by requiring Internet Service Providers to prevent access to sites that contain this illegal material.

Special Agents with the Medicaid Fraud Control Section are involved in criminal investigative work of a highly confidential nature involving the detection and investigation of violations of the Public Welfare Code, the Medicare-Medicaid Antifraud and Abuse Amendments and other applicable Commonwealth laws, statutes and regulations.

Special Agents with the Insurance Fraud Section are involved in criminal investigative work of a highly confidential nature involving the detection and investigation of insurance fraud under the provisions of the Crimes Code and related insurance fraud statutes. Special Agents assigned to this Section must be trained in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Police Education and Training Law.

Narcotics Agents and Special Agents with the Bureau of Investigative Services are assigned to specialized units which provide support to the other Narcotics Agents and Special Agents throughout the Office of Attorney General, as well as to other law enforcement agencies upon request.

Agents assigned to the Technical Services Unit maintain and provide electronic equipment in criminal investigations that require video and audio surveillances in accordance with applicable statutes for the Office of Attorney General and other law enforcement agencies. The Technical Services Unit also provides a licensed pilot/agent who operates an aircraft with state of the art aerial surveillance equipment for law enforcement purposes.

Agents assigned to the Computer Forensics Unit function as a central investigative and support group for Office of Attorney General criminal investigations involving the search, seizure and retrieval of electronically stored data as well as those investigations of subjects who utilize the Internet to facilitate criminal activity.

Agents assigned to the Intelligence Unit conduct audits and investigations of Criminal Justice Agencies maintaining criminal history records to ensure compliance with the Criminal History Records Information Act; collect and disseminate criminal intelligence information in support of Office investigations from available criminal intelligence data bases; prepare periodic and annual reports on crime trends and statistics within the Commonwealth; submit inquiries and respond to requests from INTERPOL; and serve as liaison with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies.

Employment Requirements

  • Employees in the Narcotics Agent and Special Agent classes are required to have or acquire proficiency in the use and care of firearms; Class A certification pursuant to 18 Pa. C.S.A. 5701 et seq; technical skill in the utilization of scientific crime detection devices and investigative equipment; knowledge of the Crimes Code of PA and applicable Commonwealth laws and statutes; and competence in all other aspects of the criminal investigative process. Assignments require irregular work hours and/or work weeks.
  • The minimum experience and training for an entry-level Narcotics Agent or Special Agent position is graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor?s Degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Police Science, or a related major; or four years of criminal investigative work of a technical level which affords the applicant the required knowledge, skills and abilities; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and education.
  • Necessary special requirements for a position include the ability to operate a motor vehicle and the possession of a valid motor vehicle operator?s license, and physical capability to perform the duties inherent to the position. Additionally, Narcotics Agents must be free of prominent or enlarged scars, disfigurements, protuberances, congenital blemishes or tatoo markings which would easily distinguish a person from others in a mixed crowd.
  • All candidates for Narcotics and Special Agent positions must satisfactorily complete the interview process which includes a satisfactory background investigation. Candidates must also satisfactorily complete a drug test, a polygraph examination, a medical examination, and a psychological test.