Air and Marine Operations (AMO) supports the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other federal, state and local enforcement agencies. AMO also works in collaboration with the government of mexico in addressing border security issues.
Contrary to its popular nickname, the CBP Predator B is not a drone, which operates under a pre-programmed set of instructions. AMO's Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) are remotely piloted aircraft, operated in real-time, by CBP's skilled Federal Aviation Administration-certified law enforcement personnel from state of the art ground control stations.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Unmanned Aircraft Systems are capable of flying longer hours continuously, can fly farther, and because they are unmanned, are not limited by pilot fatigue. The Predator B and the maritime variant Guardian, allow CBP to conduct missions in areas that are difficult to access or otherwise considered too high-risk for manned aircraft or personnel on the ground.
- Altitude: Up to 50,000 feet
- Endurance: Up to 20 operational hours
- Airspeed: Over 220 knots (253.141 MPH)
- External Payload: 3,000 lbs (1,361 kg)
AMO provides investigative air and marine support to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as other federal, state, local and international law enforcement agencies.
Air and Marine Operations normally turns over all evidence required for prosecution to the supported agency's case agent.
Air and Marine Operations aircraft and vessels act as law enforcement force multipliers during day or night fugitive searches by quickly searching wide areas, using night vision or radar technology if required.
OAM's uniform establishes professional officer presence to the general public, to other law enforcement officers and to criminals and potential criminals. It also enhances workforce esprit de corps and professionalism. OAM uniforms also protect our officers while operating in aircraft and vessels.
Like the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations is an operational component of CBP. CBP works with (not for) the U.S. Coast Guard, both as components of the Department of Homeland Security.
In general, Air and Marine Operations' (AMO) law enforcement authorities extend to the U.S. customs waters and land/riverine border environments, while the U.S. Coast Guard's law enforcement authorities extend from U.S. waterways and marinas outward into international waters. Both operate marine and air assets, however. Unlike AMO, the U.S. Coast Guard can use its Title 10 authority to operate as a member of the armed services under military chain of command.
Like OAM, the U.S. Border Patrol is an operational component of CBP. The U.S. Border Patrol is responsible for securing the U.S. land and riverine borders between the ports of entry. OAM operates under the tactical control of Border Patrol along the land and riverine borders, providing day and night air and marine support to Border Patrol agents.
Air and Marine Operations (AMO) works with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies in the United States for law enforcement operations such as surveillance, warrant executions, search and rescue operations, and investigations. AMO works with the United States military in joint international anti-smuggling operations and in support of National Special Security Events.
Air and Marine Operations volunteer personnel may participate in CBP border support team temporary duty assignments in the Middle East.
National Special Security Events may include the Olympics, Presidential inaugurations, State of the Union addresses, and the Super Bowl. Air and Marine Opeartions partners with federal, state, and local entities to maximize all agencies' law enforcement capabilities.
National Special Security Events may include the Olympics, Presidential inaugurations, State of the Union addresses, and the Super Bowl. Air and Marine Operations partners with federal, state, and local entities to maximize all agencies' law enforcement capabilities.