Toby Byrd

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Career Advisor
Career Development Center

B.S., Criminal Justice, University of New Haven

About Toby

Mr. Byrd is a UNH Alum with over 26 years of municipal and federal law enforcement experience. Mr. Byrd started his law enforcement career with the Hartford Police Department. After initially working in the Patrol Division, Mr. Byrd was transferred to a specialized crime unit and cross designated to the Hartford SWAT team. In 1999, Mr. Byrd was hired as a Special Agent for the United States Department of Justice- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mr. Byrd has held many investigative and management positions within the DEA, to include assignments in the New England Field Division, Los Angeles Field Division, New York Field Division, Caribbean Field Division, San Diego Field Division and in the DEA Headquarters Global Operations Division. In addition to domestic assignments, Mr. Byrd has also worked abroad as a US Diplomat (Assistant Country Attaché) in the Kingston, Jamaica Country Office.

Mr. Byrd gained significant experience in the federal hiring process by working with the DEA’s Human Resources Office. Mr. Byrd has served as the management chair during numerous national hiring events, having interviewed and processed hundreds of applicants. As a Resident Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Byrd has also managed internship programs. Mr. Byrd worked collaboratively with college career development officials to recruit interns, and to identify/mentor candidates that were eligible for hiring. Mr. Byrd currently resides in Manhattan, New York.

Awards & Acknowledgements
  • DEA Valor Award
  • Federal Bar Association Medal of Bravery and Courage - US Attorney’s Office, Central District of California
  • Award of Special Recognition - US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
  • Special Award of Honor - International Narcotics Officers Association
  • Special Congressional Recognition Award- United States House of Representatives, California Congressional District 52
  • DEA Outstanding Group Achievement Award
  • ATF Award of Special Recognition - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Field Office
  • Outstanding Service Award - United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California
  • West Orange New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame
  • University of New Haven - Varsity Football, Captain ‘94