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The following steps describe how to become a bounty hunter in Nebraska:
|Get Qualified in Nebraska|
|Establish Connections in Nebraska|
|Maintain Industry Proficiency|
If you are the type of person who is motivated to track down and apprehend fugitives, then bounty hunting in Nebraska may be just the job you have been looking for. Aside from working in a position you would enjoy, you can have the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping your community safe while at the same time allowing bail bondsmen to continue to stay in business and provide their services to others. Working as a bounty hunter is not for everyone, however – bail bondsmen are only interested in hiring professional, qualified, and effective people they know can get the job done right.
Step 1. Getting Qualified in Nebraska
Although there are currently no Nebraska bounty hunter school and license requirements, keep in mind that you will be competing for bail bondsmen partnerships with other bounty hunters in the state. As bail bond agencies can be held liable for the actions of the bounty hunters they hire, and because their livelihood depends on the successful return of their absconded clients, bail bondsmen will only want to hire the most qualified bounty hunters.
As a bounty hunter, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in relevant areas such as:
- Applicable Nebraska state law and statutes
- Ability to defend yourself, pursue fugitives, and capture them
- Good communication skills, especially with law enforcement
Having education and training for bounty hunter jobs in Nebraska can be in the form of self-defense courses, training in the use of non-lethal force courses, and certification or degrees in any of the following subjects:
- Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement
If you are considering a possible future career in law enforcement then having an associate or bachelor degree in any of these specializations can be particularly beneficial.
Step 2. Establishing Connections in Nebraska
Once you are satisfied you can make a competitive presentation of yourself to bail bond agencies then it is time to start looking for work. Bail bondsmen look to hire bounty hunters to recover their clients who have skipped their court appointments and become fugitives of the law, leaving the bondsmen responsible for paying their bail tab. As a bounty hunter employed by a bond agency, under current Nebraska law you have the authority and right to capture these fugitives and surrender them to law enforcement.
Most of your business will come from bail bondsmen, and establishing the right connections and maintaining your reputation is the most common way to acquire business. However there are always fugitives on the loose in Nebraska with rewards on their heads. Currently there is an open FBI case in Nebraska offering a reward of $50,000 for helpful information.
Step 3. Maintaining Industry Proficiency
As a bounty hunter you are responsible for acting within the laws of the state. Recently three bounty hunters were arrested in Nebraska on charges of trespassing and carrying a concealed weapon because they were acting outside the law. A good bounty hunter will always know what is legal and illegal, a knowledge that is only gained by keeping up with the decisions made by the State Legislature. You should also follow national events that relate to the bounty hunter industry, as these can also have a quick impact on Nebraska laws.