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Spokane Sector Washington

Welcome to the Spokane Sector of the United States Border Patrol.

The Spokane Sector area of responsibility encompasses the area of Washington that lies east of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cascade Mountain Range, the area of Idaho that is north of the Salmon River, and the portion of Montana, which is west of the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountain Range.  This area includes 308 miles of International Boundary and nearly 135,000 square miles.  Of the 308 miles of border, 298 miles are land and 10 miles are water.

Between these two major mountain ranges, the Spokane Sector and the adjoining Canadian area in British Columbia are separated by various other mountain ranges lying in a roughly north to south direction.  These mountains go through the entire western Montana portion of the Sector and all but the southern Snake River portion of Idaho.  Eastern Washington is mountainous for about 90 miles south from the border. Within Spokane Sector are several pristine wilderness areas, desert, agricultural land and cities all adjacent to the border.

The area presently covered by the Spokane Sector was originally under two Sectors, established about July 1924, to combat the illegal entry of aliens.  The western portion, at first, had Headquarters established at Marcus, Washington with stations at Northport, and Oroville.  Late in 1924 or early 1925 stations were established at Curlew and Toroda Creek, Washington.  Stations at Laurier, Orient and Republic were established from 1928 to 1932.  With the exception of Oroville, these stations were all closed over the years.  The Marcus station was moved to Kettle Falls in 1940 and then to Colville in October 1963.

The eastern portion, with Headquarters at Gateway, Montana was established at about the same time as Marcus and originally had Border Patrol stations at Metaline Falls, Washington; Priest River, Idaho; Libby and Gateway, Montana. Later, stations were established at Eastport, Porthill and Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and the Priest River and Libby units were abolished.

In 1926, the Headquarters at Gateway was moved to Bonners Ferry and the unit at Gateway remained open until about 1927 when it was moved to Rexford, Montana.  In 1934, Marcus was abolished as a Sector Headquarters although a station remained.  The Headquarters at Bonners Ferry became the sole headquarters over the present Spokane Sector area.

In March 1942, Sector Headquarters was moved from Bonners Ferry, Idaho to Spokane, Washington, and was first located in the former Welch Building at Howard and Main Streets.  Later it was moved to the main Post Office building on Riverside Avenue.  On January 1, 1956 it was moved to a leased building at 3550 N. Market Street, Spokane, and on November 30, 1965 it was moved to its present location on State Highway #2.

Chief Patrol Agent: Gloria I. Chavez

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Timothy P. Sullivan

Service Area: Spokane Sector area of responsibility includes portions of Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

Sector Headquarters Location: 10710 N. Newport Highway, Spokane, Washington 99218

Stations: Stations of the Spokane Sector are located in Oroville, Curlew, Coleville, and Metaline Falls, Washington, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Eureka and Whitefish, Montana.

Contact Information: Phone Number - (509) 353-2747; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address - 10710 N. Newport Highway, Spokane, Washington 99218

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 Spokane Sector Public Affairs Office at (509) 353-2747.

Vehicle Seizure Office: Contact the Spokane Sector at (509) 353-2747 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.

The coin features a background of some of the landscape found in Spokane Sector’s area of responsibility, along with a Customs and Border Protection patch, a Border Patrol badge, and a Department of Homeland Security seal.  The back includes the station names on the border of the coin, along with an image of a K-9 unit, an agent on horseback, an agent on an ATV with tracks during winter, and a boat unit.