So you want to be a bounty hunter aye? This career is not for the faint of heart. This position is considered dangerous due to the unpredictability of criminals and the possibility of violence, and yet . . . this is also one of the most thrill-seeking careers out there. Let’s see what it takes to become a bounty hunter.
A bounty hunter is a skilled individual hired by a bail bondsman who pursues and captures fugitives and is offered a monetary reward in exchange. The bounty hunter obtains his reward by being given a percentage of the bail amount. This amount is termed as the “bounty”. This means that if a person has a set bail amount at $20,000, even just a reward of 10% would bring in $2,000 for the bounty hunter if he or she is able to successfully capture and return the fugitive.
Across the United States are a number of programs available at academies and community colleges for training to become a bounty hunter. While these programs have varying time periods, techniques and skills like how to apprehend a fugitive, how to negotiate and interview people, as well as skills needed for locating and recovering fugitives can be some of the highlighted topics covered in the program.
While requirements vary state by state, some states require that a bounty hunter be licensed. Regardless, bounty hunters must generally be at least 18 or 21 years old.
Once you have completed the training program and obtained your license, it’s a good idea to get some experience. Often times new recruits will work side-by-side bail agents in order to locate fugitives who skipped out on their court hearings.
Pursuing additional education will enable a bounty hunter to maintain their licensure and expand their current skills and qualifications. In some cases, taking additional courses may be required in order to renew a bounty hunting license. Examples of additional classes a bounty hunter could enroll in could include courses on self-defense, firearm use and safety, and courses for searching and finding fugitives.
The National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents (NAFRA) is able to hire bounty hunters from other areas of the country to assist in recovering fugitives if the bounty hunter is registered with them. Getting registered with the NAFRA gives a bounty hunter the ability to expand their operations to other states, which can, in turn, create more business.
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