CSUB hosts talk on careers in federal law enforcement

The public is invited to learn what it takes to enter federal law enforcement at a talk by Carl Beckett of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Walter Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield.

Beckett’s lecture is part of a speaker series aimed at educating both the campus and the community about opportunities available through CSUB’s degree program in Global Intelligence and National Security. The program is designed to prepare graduates to apply for entry-level positions with federal agencies such as the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, whose missions focus on intelligence gathering and analysis, threat evaluation, national security, and foreign affairs.

“This program offers a unique opportunity for students to prepare for either a post-graduate career in academia as a scholar or analyst, or to apply for entry-level positions in local or federal law enforcement or as first responders,” said Dr. Mark Martinez, political science professor at CSUB.

Beckett's professional career includes five years with the United States Probation & Parole Office and the past 14 years with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He spent six years in South America as the DEA's Special Agent in Charge of Specialized Units in Colombia. For the past two years Beckett has been the DEA's Resident Agent in Charge in Bakersfield.

Past speakers in the series have included retired CIA Intelligence Analyst Dr. Roger George, former National Security Advisor for Latin America Dr. Robert A. Pastor, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Lawrence J. Korb. The speaker series is sponsored by the CSUB Department of Political Science, the Global Affairs Club at CSUB, and Associated Students, Inc.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking at CSUB is $5. For more information, call Tina Giblin at 661-654-2141 or email tgiblin@csub.edu.

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