Positions in the International Police Force

James Feldkamp
3 min readMay 12


There are several options for those who want to work in international law enforcement, and it’s important to know what they are. Several opportunities like this will be discussed in this essay.

The FBI posts legal attachés (or “legats”) at embassies all throughout the world. Investigations that have an impact on U.S. interests abroad are pursued by this group in collaboration with foreign law enforcement and prosecutors.

Legal Attaches at the FBI

The FBI’s worldwide legal attaches, also called legats, act as the agency’s representatives to foreign police forces. In the past, embedded special agents known as legats gathered intelligence and exposed spy networks by acting as clandestine informants. This job is now a formal liaison position that connects law enforcement with the public to track down criminals and fugitives more efficiently.

Routine responsibilities include briefing Embassy counterparts from other law enforcement agencies, as appropriate, and Ambassadors, managing country clearances, providing situation reports regarding cultural protocol, assessing political and security climates, and coordinating victim and humanitarian assistance, as well as coordinating requests for FBI assistance abroad. Legats also offers training for law enforcement officials from host countries, including FBI National Academy alums.

The mission of legal attachés is to prevent foreign criminal activity and terrorist attacks against the United States by building a global network to do so. International law enforcement training and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies throughout the world help to achieve this goal.


Though it has the reputation of dispatching agents across borders in search of criminals, Interpol is not a government institution. It acts as a central repository for data from all across the world. For instance, if police in France observe something out of the ordinary, they can notify their British counterparts. Additionally, it facilitates communication between nations in regards to fugitives.

National Central Bureaus (NCBs) are domestic clearinghouses in each member country that are manned by local law enforcement. When requests come in from other nations, NCBs are the ones who communicate with Interpol’s General Secretariat and regional offices.

A citizen of one of the approximately 200 countries that make up Interpol is required to work for the organization. You will also need to take and pass a written exam at an Interpol office or online. Those who meet the requirements are “seconded” to the group by their respective governments or police forces. Their base agency not only provides a salary but also pays for all associated costs like gas and health insurance.

Organization for the United Nations to Combat Drugs (UNODC)

Those in the field of law enforcement who hope to advance their careers by working abroad might choose from a wide variety of paths. The United Nations is a common employer for those seeking international careers.

When it comes to combating global problems like drug abuse, terrorism, and transnational crime, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is where it’s at. Its purpose is to aid countries in combating transnational organized crime by assisting them in ratifying and enforcing relevant conventions, laws, and treaties.

Law enforcement agencies around the world can use the results of their studies and analyses of criminal typologies to better combat the danger posed by global organized crime. In addition to facilitating better communication between law enforcement and customs and border control officials, it equips law enforcement agencies with cutting-edge technical training. UNODC also runs anti-money-laundering initiatives and works with governments to find viable drug production alternatives.

The U.N.

Jobs in UN agencies exist for those with an interest in international law enforcement. While protecting others from the effects of transnational crime, these groups open up a world of possibilities for individuals with wanderlust.

To better combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, drug and weapon trafficking, and improve criminal justice, UNODC fosters regional and thematic cooperation. Building judicial platforms to improve judicial cooperation and pinpoint technical support requirements is one example.

Supporting informal cross-border interactions between law enforcement agencies to share expertise, resources, and technologies to detect, investigate, and prosecute those who traffic illicit goods, the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Network is also promoted. The reduction of illicit flows of small arms and light weapons is Sustainable Development Goal 16.4. Law enforcement officers, by the very nature of their jobs, often gain access to sensitive personal information. They should take extra precautions to restrict the use of confidential information to the fulfillment of their official duties.



James Feldkamp

Commander James Feldkamp, USN Ret., Feldkamp was a US Naval Flight Officer, Counter-Measures Officer (ECMO), congressional candidate and author of 2 books!