Today’s Bounty Hunters
Because bounty hunting has become an accepted and respected profession in the United States, instead of asking, “What is a bounty hunter,” most who consider this line of work actually ask, “What role does a bounty hunter play in today’s judicial system?”
Bounty hunters today are, more often than not, trained, educated and highly skilled professionals who are called upon by bail bondsmen to return fugitives who have failed to adhere to the conditions of their bail. Bounty hunters spend much of their time investigating, researching, interviewing, and staking out locations so as to obtain the whereabouts of fugitives.
Exceling in this profession is often reserved for individuals with a distinct set of qualities, including resourcefulness, intelligence, and perseverance. Bounty hunters are often private investigators or retired or former police officers, and most of these professionals are educated in the field of criminal justice and/or law enforcement and have training in such areas as martial arts, self-defense, firearms, and weapons.
Training and education for bounty hunters often varies on state-specific requirements for licensure or registration. Although generally not required for state licensure, many bounty hunters pursue degree programs in criminal justice and similar programs so as to achieve a solid understanding and appreciation of everything from policy analysis and corrections to policing and criminology.