Criminal Justice Career Paths | Law Enforcement and Homeland Security

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Criminal justice career paths are as unique as the individuals who navigate them. But it helps to research those paths of veterans in the field. Not only can they assist you in researching potential contacts and employers—they can also be incredibly inspiring!

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Today let’s take a look at Peter Edge whose got 25 years experience in law enforcement and who became the Executive Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations for ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in May 2014.

Executive Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations

Peter Edge leads ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, which is comprised of over 10,000 employees, including 6,700 special agents. They are assigned to over 200 American cities as well as 47 different countries.

“Mr. Edge has direct oversight of ICE’s investigative and enforcement initiatives and operations targeting cross-border criminal organizations that exploit America’s legitimate travel, trade, financial and immigration systems for their illicit purposes,” states ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations webpage. “This includes the investigation of financial crimes; bulk cash smuggling; narcotics smuggling and trafficking; human smuggling and trafficking; commercial trade, fraud and intellectual property right crimes; cyber crimes and the exploitation of children; immigration and document and benefit fraud; human rights violators; transnational gang activity; and weapons smuggling and export enforcement.”

Highlights of Peter Edge’s Career Path

Let’s take a look at just some of the positions Mr. Edge has held before becoming head of Homeland Security Investigations.

Victim Assistance Coordinator…..Investigator, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

Special Agent, U.S. Customs Service

Department of Defense liaison & national program manager, Strategic Investigations Division, ICE headquarters

Special Agent in Charge, John F. Kennedy International Airport

Deputy Special Agent in Charge (New York), ICE Homeland Security Investigations

Director, ICE Office of Congressional Relations

Special Agent in Charge (New Jersey), ICE Homeland Security Investigations

Deputy Associate Director, ICE Homeland Security Investigations

Executive Associate Director, ICE Homeland Security Investigations

More about Peter Edge

  • He earned a BA/MA in Political Science & Government from New School University and a Master in Public Administration & Leadership degree from Rutgers University.
  • One of his earliest law enforcement roles was that of an undercover narcotics investigator.
  • In his current role as Executive Associate Director of ICE Homeland Security Investigations he oversees a budget of over $2 Billion.

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