The life of the average bounty hunter is a thrilling journey that is equal parts exciting and dangerous. I came across a television program that talked about the life of a popular bounty hunter and fans of the series would attest to just how challenging the job can be. That being said, it pays quite handsomely. These bounty hunters are often referred to as fugitive recovery agents or even bail reinforcement agents as the case may be and their job involves locating those people who fail to meet up with their court appointment or summonings. Interested people can enter this venture on a part time basis.

The "dangerous" part of bounty hunting is sometimes a bit exaggerated and usually only becomes a problem when one lacks the training and knowledge of the job. The fear of encountering dangerous criminals has prevented a lot of people from venturing into the practice, but I can assure you that you need not worry. First of all, those dangerous and violent criminals are hardly ever released on bail so the chances of you having to go after one of them are pretty minimal. Another thing is that most of these fugitives from justice, while they might lead you on various wild goose chases just for kicks, eventually do not resist when they are apprehended.

Now, all that being said, are you searching for information on the requirements for being a part time bail enforcement agent? You'll be happy to know that it's quite easy. First of all, all you might be required to do is visit one of the numerous online bounty hunting schools on the internet. However, I believe the best way to begin this venture, is to become well versed on the subject and train in the following areas:

1.) Surveillance.
2.) Powers of arrest.
3.) Arrest and booking procedures.
4.) Bail enforcement law.
5.) State laws affecting bail bonds and forfeiture.

Don't worry, they are not as complex as they sound and can easily be learned of online. For example, one can visit here for a comprehensive arrest warrant recordssearch.

These things can be checked during your free time, perhaps during weekends. Another thing to keep in mind is licensing. Everything needs to be licensed these days and everyone needs a license to practice. Bounty hunters are no exception. One more thing to note is to become aware of what weapons you can use. The idea is to capture the fugitives alive, not to kill them.

All weapons should be licensed and appropriate training on their use should be carried out. Various self-defense techniques are also necessary and it would be a plus if one were adept at martial arts before venturing into this job. Now as with all things, on paper, it looks simple, but rest assured that it is not. You have to show commitment and hard work as well as put in the time and effort necessary to succeed.

Mentoring is also encouraged and it is not a bad idea to work closely with a bail enforcement agent while newly starting out in the field. Failure due to cockiness is very rampant as many bounty hunters think they know it all just because they have read a few books and how to's. Knowledge and training are good, but nothing beats actual experience. You would need to be receptive to instructions and advice offered by the trained investigator as they will come in handy for your success. You can surf the web or visit your local police area for tips on how to get in on this lucrative, thrilling venture.