Welcome to the Miami Sector of the United States Border Patrol.
Our office provides law enforcement support for the state of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
This site provides Sector-related information, including Sector operations, contact information, where our stations are located, and news.
Thank you for visiting the Miami Sector webpage.
Matthew A. Zetts
Chief Patrol Agent
The first permanent Border Patrol presence in Florida was in March of 1925 with the establishment of the Jacksonville Station. Shortly thereafter, Border Patrol stations were opened in Key West, Miami, Homestead, and West Palm Beach. When the office in Tampa was opened, it was designated to operate as its own Sector Headquarters. Since 1925, stations have been operational in Charleston, South Carolina; Savanna and Atlanta, Georgia; and Tallahassee, Gainesville, Okeechobee, Sebring, Lake City, and Daytona Beach, Florida. A Sector Headquarters has been located in the Miami area since about 1927, except for a period from 1956 to 1960 when it was moved to Tampa. The first boat program was established at the Miami Sector in 1935 and the aviation program was added to sector operations in 1948.
U.S. Border Patrol Agents were the original Air Marshals. Between May and August of 1961, there were three successful and one unsuccessful hijacking attempts on U.S. commercial aircraft by unstable Cuban dissidents. In August of 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced to the Nation that U.S. Border Patrol Agents would be deployed to prevent future hijackings; 12 hours later, Border Patrol Agents were guarding their first flight. The operation was coordinated by the Miami Sector for flights originating throughout the nation. At its peak, 50 Border Patrol Agents were flying on 92 flights a day, guarding 1,310 flights in total, and logging 1,724,396 air miles. The operation ended in October of 1961 and was successful in that during the operation, no hijackings were attempted.
In 1962, 89 U.S. Border Patrol Agents were deputized and sent to the University of Mississippi to assist in security during a time of national crisis. The Chief of the Miami Sector at that time, Chief Elmo Rainbolt, was appointed by Attorney General Robert Kennedy as Chief U.S. Marshal and was to escort James Meredith into the University of Mississippi. Chief Rainbolt received letters of commendation from both President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy for his Service to the Nation.
Miami Area of Responsibility
The Miami Sector (MIP) as we know it today was established in 1940 and consists of approximately 187,000 square miles and has 1,203 miles of coastal border (Florida only) along the Atlantic and Gulf shores of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina (1,776 miles of Coastal Border in the official area of responsibility (AOR). While the Miami Border Patrol Sector's AOR includes Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, the sector's primary area of operation takes place in the state of Florida, excluding the Florida Panhandle west of the Apalachicola River, which covers 42,464 square miles. There are six Border Patrol Stations located within the AOR of MIP. These stations are strategically located and staffed to address the current threat within the State of Florida only.
Chief Patrol Agent: Matthew A. Zetts
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: John R. Modlin
Service Area: The Miami Sector covers the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Sector Headquarters Location: 15720 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida
Stations: Stations of the Miami Sector are located in Dania Beach, Jacksonville, Marathon, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
Contact Information: Phone Number - (954) 965-6300; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address - 15720 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
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. You will find additional information about careers with the Border Patrol in the Careers section of this website.
Public Affairs Office: To receive information concerning community or media-related issues, contact the Miami Sector Public Affairs Office at (954) 965-6300 Ext. 106.
Vehicle Seizure Office: Contact the Miami Sector at (954) 965-6300 Ext. 126 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.
Both sides of the Miami Sector coin are encircled with rope, symbolizing our maritime tradition. The front of the coin denotes who we are with the Border Patrol symbol, in the hue of the uniform we proudly wear. The rear of the coin is bordered with the names of our Border Patrol Stations. The waving U.S. flag represents the country that our agents protect, the state of Florida is the focus of present Sector operations and the stars annotate the locations of our Stations. The eagle represents our ever vigilant, dedicated Agents who devote their lives to the security of our borders. Another interesting aspect of the Miami Sector coin is the skeleton key that represents the Florida Keys which are dispersed over 220 miles and consist of over 800 islands, only 40 of which are inhabited. The Miami Sector is imprinted above the State of Florida and below the eagle is the motto of the Border Patrol "Honor First".