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Connecticut Bounty Hunter Guide: Requirements and Steps

This page provides information on the process of becoming a bounty hunter in Connecticut. Bounty hunters locate and apprehend individuals who have not met their bail requirements, including paying bail bonds posted on their behalf by bail bondsmen. Bail bondsmen pay bail fees for individuals charged with crimes that must be paid back according to a contractual agreement. This page also provides information on private investigation and other related professions.

Requirements for Prospective Bounty Hunters in Connecticut

Bounty hunting is a licensed profession governed by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in Connecticut and bounty hunters are also known as bail enforcement agents (BEA). You must be a US citizen or naturalized US citizen and cannot have any felony or certain misdemeanor convictions.

Steps to a Career as a Bail Enforcement Agent (BEA) in Connecticut

The BEA application process includes many forms and steps. To learn more about this process, read the information provided below.

1. Attend approved criminal justice training and firearms training if applicable.

All BEA applicants must complete at least 20 hours of approved training to apply for a license and this training must have been completed no more than five years prior to your application. Additionally, if you plan to carry a firearm while working, you must have a Connecticut state pistol permit and attend an approved firearms training course to obtain a BEA gun permit.

2. Have your fingerprints taken by an authorized office.

You must submit copies of your fingerprints taken at your local police department or at the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The cost of fingerprinting is your responsibility.

3. Submit your completed application package.

Submit the application form with the $200 application fee, a notarized Authorization for Release of Personal Information form, a copy of your driving record for the past three years, a copy of your driver’s license, a copy of your high school diploma, GED, or college transcript, and two passport-style photos. You must also have four reference letters sent directly to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection as part of your application. If you previously served in the military, you must also submit the DD-214 form indicating how you were discharged, or if you previously served in the police force, you must include a discharge letter.

4. Attend the interview.

Once your complete application has been received, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection will complete a thorough background investigation that can take up to eight weeks. During that time, you will be invited to an interview as part of the process.

5. Receive your license and obtain your uniform.

If your application is approved, you will receive a license valid for one year. When working on-the-job, BEAs are required to wear a top with “Bail Enforcement Agent” clearly visible on the front and back in yellow reflective writing and have their license card clearly visible. You must renew your license every year before the expiration date and there is no grace period. Renewals cost $100.

Related Careers

In addition to bounty hunting, there are related career opportunities in the criminal justice sector that may appeal to you. Two examples are listed below.

Private Investigator/Private Detective

Private investigators and detectives research and find information related to ongoing legal cases and are often hired by law firms and private companies. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection also issues separate licenses for both private investigators and private detectives with the main difference being that private investigators must be employed by a licensed private detective agency and private detectives may work independently and have a wider scope of allowable duties.

Process Server

Process servers deliver notices of legal action on behalf of courts or private agencies. The job does not require a license in Connecticut but your activities must be directed and supervised by an authorized individual according to the law. Look for job opportunities at process server agencies or with your local court.

Training and Education Options in Connecticut

Although not necessary, if you want to obtain relevant training at the college level prior to becoming a BEA, a criminal justice program may be a good choice. Many colleges offer two-year associate degree programs with courses on the criminal justice system, corrections, psychology, and law. Here are two schools offering such programs:

Capital Community College
950 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
http://www.ccc.commnet.edu

Goodwin College
1 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
http://www.goodwin.edu

Finding Work

Once you receive your license, you will need to find work by approaching bail bond agencies that hire BEAs on a permanent or freelance basis to locate and retrieve clients who have skipped bail. Therefore, having a strong network of contacts can be a great help when starting your career in this area. If you are new to the field, you might consider approaching experienced BEAs who will mentor you and help you build your connections and reputation. Research local agencies using directories or associations for BEAs, private investigators, or private detectives. There are three Connecticut bail agents registered with the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS); however, you may find more through a Google search.

Featured Bail Agents in Connecticut

This list of bail bond agencies in Connecticut may help you find agencies that offer BEAs work. These agencies are included based on positive reviews, having an up-to-date website, or because they are well-known.

3-D Bail Bonds
57 Fishfry Street
Hartford, CT 06120
http://3dbailbonds.com

Aces Bail Bonds
1125 North Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
http://www.acesbailbondsct.com

Alliance Bail Bonds
81 North Main Street
Bristol, CT 06010
http://alliancebailbondsct.com

Big Steve’s Bailbonds
575 Main Street
East Haven, CT 06512
http://bigstevebailbonds.com

Gorilla Bail Bonds
136 Main Street, Suite 201
New Britain, CT 06051
http://gorillabailbonds.com

Statewide Bail Bonds
154 Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360
http://www.statewidebailbonds.com

To find even more bail agents and bondsmen in your area, use the Find a Bail Agent tool on the PBUS website.

Bounty Hunter Salary and Outlook in Connecticut

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not collect information on bounty hunters; therefore, we use the data on private investigators and detectives as a proxy due to its similarity. In 2015, there were 270 private investigators and detectives in the state with an average salary of $58,370 statewide and the highest reported salaries in the Hartford area.1 Projections from 2012-2022 indicate that the profession will increase to 290 positions, which is a 6.1% change.2 Data provided by the Connecticut Department of Labor also shows that the median wage has increased each year since 2005.3

City or Metropolitan Area Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 40 $56,630
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 110 $65,710
New Haven N/A* $51,610

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.2
*Estimate not available from the BLS.

Additional Resources

References:
1. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2015, Connecticut: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ct.htm
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
3. Connecticut Department of Labor, Labor Market Information, Private Detectives and Investigators (33-9021): http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/wages/statewide/33-9021.asp