Welcome to the Grand Forks Sector Border Patrol webpage. The Grand Forks Sector is responsible for 861 miles of international border located along the northern portions of North Dakota (ND) and Minnesota (MN), of which 403 is land border and 458 is water boundary. Over 200 Border Patrol agents are permanently assigned to eight stations within the Sector.
Six line stations patrol this boundary and are located in Portal, Bottineau, and Pembina, ND, as well as Warroad, International Falls, and Grand Marais, MN. Two back-up stations provide defense-in-depth support and are located in Grand Forks, ND and Duluth, MN. Grand Forks Sector also has the Resident Agent Program (RAP). A Resident Agent (RA) is an agent who is assigned to one of Grand Forks Sector's eight Border Patrol Stations, but lives and works at an assigned location away from the station. The RAP was conceptualized to develop and maintain full situational awareness within the Grand Forks Sector area of responsibility.
In support of the Border Patrol's National Strategy, Grand Forks Sector applies an approach to broaden the border while utilizing the principals of the Northern Border Resourcing Philosophy. The Sector conducts targeted threat-based enforcement efforts with our Canadian law enforcement counterparts through the Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBETs); provides strong defense-in-depth deployment of resources through the implementation of the RAP at 12 strategic locations throughout the area of operations; coordinates strong partnerships with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies through the utilization of enforcement-based funding from Operation Stonegarden to directly support border security missions; and employs targeted air patrols in collaboration with Office of Air and Marine - North Dakota Air Branch.
In this manner, the Grand Forks Sector utilizes the appropriate mix of personnel, other agency partnerships, and intelligence gathering efforts to raise the level of situational awareness to ensure the operational integrity and security of 861 miles of international border.
This site provides Sector-related information, including Sector operations and Sector contact information.
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Shortly after the founding of the U.S. Border Patrol in 1924, the area now encompassed by the Grand Forks Sector contained three separate Border Patrol Sectors. These three Border Patrol Sector Headquarters were established at Duluth, MN, International Falls, MN, and Portal, ND. There was much reorganization of these three Sectors until Grand Forks was finally designated as a Sector Headquarters in October of 1939. During this reorganization period, an additional sector headquarters was added, and then subsequently removed, from Portal, ND.
The Duluth Sector Headquarters was the first to be closed just prior to 1930, when its area of operation was transferred to the International Falls Sector. This left Duluth without a Border Patrol presence until June 6, 1976, when a Border Patrol Station was reopened under the present Grand Forks Sector.
In May of 1926, Pembina, ND was designated as a Sector Headquarters, and for the next 13 years, the sector boundaries of Portal, Pembina and International Falls remained relatively constant. This all changed during the year 1939.
Two drastic changes took place during that year. The first change in August of 1939 removed the sector designations from Portal and International Falls, and placed them both as outstations under the Pembina Sector Headquarters. The second and final major change took place in October of 1939 when the sector headquarters was transferred from Pembina to its present location in Grand Forks, ND. Chief Patrol Inspector W. R. Alford took the helm of the newly formed Grand Forks Border Patrol Sector, a position held by 13 others during the history of the Sector. The newly assigned Chief Patrol Inspector was also provided a staff of one Assistant Chief Patrol Inspector.
Once the Grand Forks Sector was established, it too went through many restructuring efforts at the station level. In 1944, five short years after its designation as a Sector Headquarters, there were a total of 17 separate Border Patrol Stations operating within the Grand Forks Sector boundaries. This number rose to 18 total stations for a two-year period of time when a station was opened, and later closed, in Williston, ND from 1953 to 1955. An interesting side note is that as part of the war effort during World War II, many of the Patrol Inspectors of the Sector were assigned to guard German and Japanese foreign nationals detained at the Fort Lincoln internment camp located near Bismarck, ND.
In subsequent years, the number of Border Patrol stations was gradually reduced to seven. This number held firm until June of 1976 when the Duluth, MN Station was reopened, bringing the present number of stations in the sector to eight.
Chief Patrol Agent: Aaron M. Heitke
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Douglas E. Harrison
Service Area: North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.
Sector Headquarters Location: 1816 17th Street NE, Grand Forks, ND 58203
Stations: Stations of the Grand Forks Sector are located in Grand Forks, N.D., Bottineau, N.D., Duluth, Minn., Grand Marais, Minn., International Falls, Minn., Pembina, N.D., Portal, N.D., and Warroad, Minn.
Contact Information: Phone Number - (701) 772-3056; Sector Mailing Address - U.S. Border Patrol Sector, 1816 17th Street NE, Grand Forks, ND 58203.
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.
Public Affairs Office: To receive information concerning community or media-related issues, contact the Grand Forks Sector Public Affairs Office at (701) 772-3056.
Vehicle Seizure Office: Contact the Grand Forks Sector at (701) 772-3056 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.
The Grand Forks Sector Challenge Coin was designed to capture some of the unique and distinguishing characteristics of the north. The design of the coin represents both North Dakota and Minnesota, and depicts the North Star (Polaris) and the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
The Gray Wolf, also known as the Timber Wolf, was once plentiful in most of North America, but today survives in only three percent of its original home range. By the time the Gray Wolf was protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, it had been exterminated from the lower 48 states, except for a few hundred that inhabited northeastern Minnesota. Today, about 3,000 Gray Wolves live in the wild in Minnesota and with the population increase, individual wolves are dispersing into neighboring states. Approximately 400 wolves live in northern Wisconsin and an occasional wolf is sighted in North Dakota.