Alumni Profiles: Scott Springer (M.S. in Criminal Justice)

Scott Springer, who received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Alabama, has had a tremendously distinguished and exciting career. During his time at UA, he taught criminal justice and published a chapter in a college textbook on World Criminal Justice Systems.

In 1994, Scott moved to Dallas after joining the United States Customs Service as a Special Agent. During his tenure in Dallas, Special Agent Springer conducted criminal investigations involving human trafficking, drug smuggling, illegal arms trafficking, import\export violations, child pornography, terrorist financing, and more.

As a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, Scott served on the High Intensity Drug Trafficking group, the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, Secret Service Protection details, the Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Security Detail, the 1996 Olympics Security Detail, and the Oklahoma City Bombing Rescue and Investigations teams. He also served as the program manager responsible for all undercover operations in the Dallas region.

In 2001, Special Agent Springer initiated numerous international money laundering/terrorist financing investigations involving organized retail theft and later established an undercover operation which resulted in the arrest of approximately 35 members of a Middle Eastern organization. These investigations have been featured in the numerous Congressional hearings, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, CBS News, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram and “Blood From Stones: The Secret Network of Financial Terror” by Douglas Farrah.

In 2004, Special Agent Springer was named the National Retail Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

In 2006, after agents uncovered plots to assassinate Special Agent Springer for his involvement in terrorist financing and international money laundering investigations, he transferred to Washington, D.C. and joined the U.S. Congress as a Congressional Fellow for the Republican Majority Committee on Government Reform (Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources). In 2007, Special Agent Springer began serving as Professional Staff\Detailee to the Democratic Majority Committee on Homeland Security. In his capacity there he served as a law enforcement liaison and subject matter expert in law enforcement, investigations, counter terrorism and security matters. He addressed a number of areas including border security, immigration enforcement, terrorist financing, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and public health/law enforcement issues.

In 2008, Special Agent Springer was assigned to the HSI Contraband Smuggling Unit in Washington, D.C. where he served as the National Program Manager responsible for overseeing the Border Enforcement Security Task Forces along the Southwest U.S. border.

In August 2009, Special Agent Springer was promoted to the HSI Resident Agent in Charge, Panama City, Florida office. The HSI Panama City office is responsible for investigating HSI related crimes in a six county region including the following counties: Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

In 2011, Special Agent Springer received an Eagle Award from the United States Attorney’s Office for his assistance with a weapon/drug smuggling investigation known as Operation Wiregrass. As a result of the investigation, six federal search warrants were executed and nine members of the drug and weapon smuggling organization were arrested after attempting to purchase 800 AK 47 machine guns that were destined for the drug war in Mexico. Additionally, currency, drugs and numerous vehicles were seized, including one with a false compartment utilized to transport narcotics.

In 2016, Scott retired and continues to operate his property management company, Panama Place Vacation Rentals, offering luxury beach home and condos in Panama City Beach, Florida and Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Scott also joined Global Education Concepts as a Regional Coordinator overseeing a cultural visa program in Northwest Florida. In this capacity, Scott works closely with local employers and international students from all over the world who visit the United States as part of a Summer Work Travel Program.

Congratulations to Scott Springer on his many impressive and inspiring accomplishments!

Roll Tide!