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Terrorism threat creates homeland security career opportunities

For two hours on Oct. 15, the University of Denver campus was probably the safest place in Denver. The FBI, CIA, Colorado State Patrol and U.S. Border Patrol were among more than 20 organizations that attended the Global Security Career Fair hosted by DU’s Graduate School of International Studies(GSIS) and Sturm College of Law.

The annual event gives students in security-related programs at DU an opportunity to meet with prospective employers. For organizations attending, it gives recruiters a chance to meet with people interested in their line of work.

Eric Deutcher was one of dozens of DU students who attended the fair. He was a police officer in Greeley, Colo., for 10 years but quit to become a full-time student in GSIS’s Homeland Security Program.

“I’m interested in working in the field of homeland security or terrorism,” Deutcher said. “There are a lot of agencies represented here today that are right up my alley.”

Recruiters in the security industry say these fairs allow organizations that aren’t quite as well known as the CIA or FBI to explain to students why they should consider working for them.

“We’re looking for intelligent people who want to work in this field for a long time,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Paul Otto.

Other groups attending the career fair included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Diplomatic Security Service (part of the U.S. State Department) and U.S. Northern Command.


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