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Swanton Sector Vermont

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

Border Patrol Agents patrolling the northern border on snowmobiles

This office provides law enforcement support for the State of Vermont; Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence and Herkimer counties of New York; and Coos, Grafton and Carroll counties of New Hampshire.

This site provides Sector-related information including Sector operations, Sector contact information, where our stations are located, and news.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Swanton Border Patrol Sector home page. The Swanton Sector is rich in history and has always had a reputation for accepting and meeting any challenge placed upon us. These accomplishments stem from the honor, loyalty and integrity consistently displayed by the Border Patrol agents and support personnel of this Sector.

Thank you for visiting the Swanton Sector web site.

John C. Pfeifer
Chief Patrol Agent

History
The first Border Patrol Sector Headquarters in this area was established in 1924, at Newport, Vermont. The office was later moved to Derby Line, VT, on the border about 20 miles north of Newport. In July 1940, the Border Patrol force in Vermont was tripled to 66 officers. Stations were established at Plymouth, NH, and White River Junction and Rutland, VT, in October 1940. Ten months later, the Plymouth office was closed. The WhiteRiver Junction, Island Pond, and Rutland offices were closed in 1946.

In November 1949, the Newport Sector was closed and re-opened as the Rouses Point Sector, with jurisdiction over the entire state of Vermont, Clinton, Essex, and Washington counties in New York, and Coos, Grafton, and Carroll counties in New Hampshire. In July 1956, the Sector Headquarters was moved to St. Albans, VT, and Warren County, NY was added to the sector area. On October 3, 1965, Sector Headquarters was moved to a new facility, where it currently remains, in Swanton.

On July 1, 1982, the Ogdensburg Sector was closed and a portion of the Ogdensburg territory was assigned to Swanton. This new portion included the counties of Franklin, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, and a portion of Herkimer County, all in the state of New York.

In 1949, wartime appointees were released in a reduction in force action. From that time, until the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the authorized personnel level of the Sector remained fairly steady.

Area of Responsibility
The Swanton Sector area of responsibility encompasses some 24,000 square miles and includes all of the state of Vermont; Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, and Herkimer Counties of New York; and Coos, Grafton, and Carroll Counties of New Hampshire.

Chief Patrol Agent: John C. Pfeifer

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Mark Butler

Service Area: The Swanton Sector area of responsibility encompasses some 24,000 square miles and includes the State of Vermont; Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence and Herkimer counties of New York; and Coos, Grafton and Carroll counties of New Hampshire. This area includes 295 miles of International Boundary, from the Maine-New Hampshire state line on the east. Of the 295 miles of border, 203 miles are land border and 92 miles are water boundary, chiefly the St. Lawrence River. The Sector is bounded on the west by the Buffalo Sector; and on the east by the Houlton Sector. The Sector is adjacent to the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The Swanton Sector is the first international land boundary east of the Great Lakes.
Sector Headquarters Location: 155 Grand Avenue, Swanton, Vermont
Stations: The Swanton Sector has eight stations to monitor activity along the International Boundary. The stations from west to east with miles of boundary responsibility are: Ogdensburg, New York (48); Massena, New York (38); Burke, New York (31); Champlain, New York (29); Swanton, Vermont (18); Richford, Vermont (21); Newport, Vermont (32) and Beecher Falls, Vermont (78).

Contact Information: Phone Number - 1-800-247-2434; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address - 155 Grand Ave, Swanton, VT 05488

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; please contact the Public Information Officer at 1-800-247-2434, ext. 261.

Vehicle Seizure Office: Contact the Swanton Sector at (802) 868-3361 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.

Intelligence/Prosecutions Office: The Swanton Sector Intelligence/Prosecutions Office can be reached by calling 1-800-247-2434, ext. 242.

Front: The front side of the coin has the Green Mountains and in the forefront displays ships on Lake Champlain that were utilized during the Battle of Plattsburgh, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain. The Battle of Plattsburgh ended the final invasion of the northern states during the War of 1812. Centered between the service flags below the ships is 9-11, a historic date that has dual meaning and significance to the Swanton Sector. Everyone is aware of the significance of September 11, 2001; however, not everyone is aware that in Swanton Sector on September 11, 1814, the Americans defeated the British and forced British ground troops back into Canada.

Front View of Swanton Sector Challenge Coin

 

 

Back: The reverse side of the coin is meant to display current tools and tactics that agents commonly use to perform their daily duties. Daily activities in our area of operations that are shown on the coin are sign cutting on the slash via foot, ATV and snowmobile. The maple leaf signifies our proximity and partnerships with Canada, while the bald eagle represents the United States. At the base of the coin depicts all Border Patrol Agents who are available to rapidly respond to our ever changing threats.

 

Back View of Swanton Sector Challenge Coin

 

The discreet catamount, once prevalent throughout Swanton's area, is subtly hidden in the coin's background symbolizing the ever present vigilance that Swanton Sector agents and employees continue to demonstrate on a daily basis. Along the circumference of the coin you will find the abbreviations of all the Stations, to include Sector Headquarters and its components inclusive, in recognizing that it takes all of us to make this Sector what it is today.