Where are the Best Places to Work in Federal Law Enforcement?

What are the best (and worst) federal law enforcement agencies for which to work? Here is a list.

A new report from the Partnership from Public Service shows which law enforcement agencies are the best (and worst) in terms of the satisfaction of the employees who work there.

The data are compiled from the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which includes the views of more than 421,000 respondents who participated in the survey from April through June of 2015.

Which law enforcement agencies came out on top? Here is the list:

Agency Subcomponent Best Places Score
DOJ Federal Bureau of Investigation 69.9
DOJ Criminal Division 68.6
DOJ Drug Enforcement Administration 68.3
DOJ US Marshals Service 68.1
DOJ Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives 63.3
DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center 62.9

The median best places score was 62.2, so agencies that fell below that score were at the lower end of the employee satisfaction scale. These are the law enforcement agencies with the lowest scores:

Agency Subcomponent Best Places Score
DHS Secret Service 33.4
DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34.0
DHS Customs and Border Protection 40.5
DHS Transportation Security Administration 40.7
Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 45.5

Stories of the demise of employee morale at DHS have been circulating in the media for the last few months, and the agency did not score well in the 2015 survey overall in terms of employee satisfaction. The figures in this report would seem to confirm that.

It was reported recently that the Secret Service is losing employees faster than the agency can replace them, apparently due in large part to the horrendous morale problems the agency is experiencing. So perhaps it is not surprising it came in last place on this list.

For further details, check out the complete report below.

Best Places to Work in Law Enforcement – 2015

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He has over 20 years of combined experience in media and government services, having worked at two government contracting firms and an online news and web development company prior to his current role at FedSmith.