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Spokane Sector Washington

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

Spokane Sector is responsible for 308 miles of international border with Canada.  Our vast area of responsibility extends from the Cascade Mountain Range, eastward through Idaho and into western Montana near Glacier National Park.  Agents in Spokane Sector are responsible for 298 miles of rugged and often remote land border and 10 miles of water border.  Within Spokane Sector are several pristine wilderness areas, desert, agricultural land and cities all adjacent to the border.  

Spokane Sector consists of seven Border Patrol stations across three states.  Stations located in Washington include: Spokane Sector Headquarters, Oroville, Curlew, Colville and Metaline Falls.  Located in Idaho is the Bonners Ferry station.  Stations located in Montana include: Eureka and Whitefish.  There are more than 249 agents and 43 mission support personnel within Spokane Sector.

Our mission is one of national security – to secure America’s borders in order to prevent the entry of terrorists and terrorist weapons into the United States.  Similarly, we execute our traditional mission of detecting and preventing the illegal entry of aliens and contraband into the United States.  Our sworn responsibility is to enforce all Federal laws relating to trans-national threats in our nation’s border areas. 

To accomplish our mission, we apply Information, Integration and Rapid Response while utilizing highly-trained agents and a variety of specialized equipment, technology, and intelligence-based information to optimize control of the border.  Spokane Sector will continue making every effort to balance enforcement tactics while displaying respect and consideration for our communities and stakeholders as well as the environmentally sensitive areas we patrol. 

Our border enforcement operations are aligned with the National Border Patrol Strategy, as we utilize a risk-based approach to integrate field level intelligence and establish an enforcement environment that is threat based, actionable, and intelligence driven.

We carry out our mission with professionalism and in partnership with our communities, our community leaders, and our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agency partners in our unified efforts to Protect America. 

Our History

The area presently covered by Spokane Sector was established near July 1924 and was comprised of two Sectors.  Spokane Sector was created to combat the massive influx of illegal aliens and contraband crossing the remote border with Canada.

The western Sector Headquarters was originally located in Marcus, Washington with stations located in Northport and Oroville, Washington.  In late 1925, or early 1925, additional stations were created in Curlew and Toroda Creek, Washington.  Further expansion and increased traffic during prohibition saw stations created in Laurier, Orient and Republic, Washington between 1928 and 1932.  Today only Colville Station, Oroville Station and Curlew Station remain.  The original station/headquarters moved in 1940 to Kettle Falls, Washington and to Colville, Washington in 1963 (becoming the current Colville Station).

The eastern Sector with Headquarters at Gateway, Montana was established around the same time as the western Sector Headquarters in Marcus, Washington.  The eastern sector had stations in Metaline Falls, Washington; Libby and Gateway, Montana; Eastport, Priest River, Porthill and Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  Eventually the stations in Priest River, Idaho and Libby, Montana were closed.

In 1926, the Headquarters at Gateway was moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho and the unit at Gateway, Montana remained open until 1927 when it was moved to Rexford, Montana.  By 1934 the western Sector Headquarters in Marcus, Washington was designated as a station and Spokane Sector Headquarters was officially located in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

In March 1942, Sector Headquarters was moved from Bonner Ferry, Idaho to the Welch building in downtown Spokane, Washington.  In early January 1965, Spokane Sector Headquarters was moved to its present day location on State Highway 2 in north Spokane, Washington.

The early enforcement problems were in some instances similar to those of today, with agents searching for aliens who attempted illegal entry by trail, railroad, and road. More trains crossed the border in the early days, and these were checked frequently for aliens attempting to find work inland in the United States. Liquor smuggling operators made use of trails and little used roads across the border. Canadians, Europeans, and some Orientals sought entry to obtain work in the mining and logging camps throughout the area. In the early 1950's details to agricultural areas in the southern portions of the Sector area apprehended many Mexican aliens employed as field workers.

The November 6, 1986 signing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) signaled many changes in Spokane Sector. New sub-stations were opened in Pasco, Washington on November 6, 1988 and Wenatchee, Washington July 28, 1988. On May 1, 1988 the Roosville, Montana substation was relocated and renamed the Eureka, Montana substation. 

IRCA also caused a drastic change in operations within Spokane Sector. Gone was the emphasis on rounding up large numbers of undocumented migrant workers. The new priorities concentrated efforts on the criminal alien program. During 1987 and 1988, Spokane Sector agents spent many hours contacting businesses in the area and explaining the newly mandated responsibilities for both employers and employees. A system of caseload control was instituted to ease the newly emerging burdens of I-9 review, employer sanctions, and complicated caseloads involving fraudulent documents, smuggling, and other criminal activity.

In 1987 Title 21 training and authority was instituted and Spokane Sector Agents became more heavily involved in the "War on Drugs". A K-9 and handler entered on duty in Spokane during December 1988 with an emphasis upon both narcotic detection in the Spokane Sector area and a drug awareness program for the schools in the Spokane Sector area.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, Spokane Sector directed its resources towards more forward deployment with an emphasis on preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States.  The interior sub-stations in Pasco, Washington, Wenatchee, Washington, and Idaho Falls, Idaho were closed and increased staffing levels allowed for the reopening of Border Patrol stations in Curlew, Washington and Metaline Falls, Washington.

Today agents and staff within the Spokane Sector treasure our long standing history and strive to honor the hard work and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol that have come before us. 

 

 

Chief Patrol Agent: Gloria I. Chavez

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Timothy P. Sullivan

Service Area: The 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, Colville, 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.