Welcome to the U.S. Border Patrol Detroit Sector webpages. Here you will find information on the sector, our history, as well as descriptions of the stations.
The Border Patrol's fundamental mission is to secure America's borders between Ports of Entry (POEs) against all threats: terrorists and weapons, transnational criminal organizations, and illegal immigration. To meet this challenge we are continually identifying and addressing border threats using programs and techniques that are focused on applying Information, Integration, and Rapid Response to be more focused, effective, and efficient.
The agents of the Detroit Sector are committed to working closely with the community and law enforcement organizations to keep our Nation's borders secure and safe.
Thank for visiting the Detroit Sector pages.
R. Alan Booth
Acting Chief Patrol Agent
On May 22, 1924, presumably in anticipation of passage of the Labor Appropriations Act (which established the Border Patrol), the Commissioner General of the Immigration Service announced plans to increase the Detroit District force from 18 to 40 officers and to procure patrol automobiles, boats, and motorcycles. In his announcement he specified Detroit as the most vulnerable spot to illegal entry on our borders.
As border violations continued to mount through the 1920's, the sector's manpower increased. By March 1926, there were 70 Patrol Inspectors and by July 1928, the total had reached 113 officers. This number represented nearly 15 per cent of the Border Patrol's 850 men nationwide. Despite all efforts, Detroit continued to have the highest incidence of illegal entry and smuggling in the country.
Area of Responsibility
The state of Michigan is made up of upper and lower peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is relatively flat with a small scattering of low rolling hills. The southern half of the Lower Peninsula contains 22,000 square miles of fertile farmland and a large percentage of the state's population. Rolling hills interspersed with a few mountainous areas largely cover the Upper Peninsula. Approximately seven million acres of state and national forests cover the northern half of the Lower Peninsula and most of the Upper Peninsula.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent: R. Alan Booth
Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Matthew Donaldson
Service Area: Detroit Sector area of responsibility includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
Sector Headquarters Location: Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan
Stations: Stations of the Detroit Sector are located in Detroit, Marysville, Sault Ste. Marie, Gibraltar, Michigan, and Port Clinton, Ohio.
Contact Information: Phone Number - (586) 239-2160; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address -26000 South Street, Building 1516, Selfridge ANGB, MI 48045.
Community Feedback: We strive to provide quality service to our customers. If we have not lived up to this commitment, we would like to know. If we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know that as well. To comment on the services provided by this office, please write to the Sector Chief Patrol Agent. If you feel you were mistreated by a Border Patrol employee or wish to make a complaint of misconduct by a Border Patrol employee, you may write to the Chief Patrol Agent.
Employment Opportunities: To obtain information about employment opportunities with the Border Patrol, you may contact this Sector and ask to speak to a recruiter. Additional recruiter contact information is provided at Locate a Border Patrol Recruiter. You will find additional information about careers with the Border Patrol in the Careers section of this Web site or by visiting the Border Patrol website.
Public Affairs Office: To receive information concerning community or media-related issues, contact the Detroit Sector Public Affairs Office at (586) 239-5059.
Vehicle Seizure Office: For vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries, contact the Detroit Sector Asset Forfeiture Office at (586) 239-6791.
Detroit Sector was one of the first two Border Patrol Sectors created back in 1924, the same year the Border Patrol was created. Because Detroit, MI is known as "Motor City," the challenge coin displays an American car from 1924.