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Yuma Sector Arizona

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

Yuma's area of responsibility is located in the southeast corner of Arizona and is comprised of approximately 181,670 square miles of primarily desert terrain divided between California and Arizona. We secure 126 miles of United States Border from the Imperial Sand Dunes in California to the Yuma-Pima County line. This area consists of vast open deserts, rocky mountain ranges, large drifting sand dunes and the ever changing Colorado River.

This website is dedicated to the agents, staff, and support units of the Yuma Sector who, through their initiative and innovation, have made Yuma a progressive and rewarding place to work. The Yuma Sector is one of the fastest growing Border Patrol Sectors in the country having doubled in size since 2004. The dedication and teamwork of these persons has resulted in our ability to maintain an area of control throughout the community.

This site provides Sector-related information, including Sector contact information, station information, and news.

Thank you for visiting the Yuma Sector website.

History
The Yuma Sector was established in December of 1954. The need for a Border Patrol Sector in Yuma resulted from several immigration enforcement operations conducted in the Yuma area during the early 1950's. The increase in illegal alien entries in the Yuma area in conjunction with the availability of jobs in the expanding agriculture industry made it evident that a Border Patrol Sector was essential to provide a concentrated enforcement effort in the Yuma area.

At inception, the sector had stations in Yuma, Arizona and Blythe, California, which were formerly part of the El Centro Sector. Two additional stations at Somerton, Arizona and Wellton, Arizona were opened in February of 1955. Today, the Yuma Sector's three stations are located in Yuma and Wellton, Arizona, and Blythe, California. The sector is strategically located, covering the extreme western counties of Yuma, La Paz and Mojave in Arizona. The Yuma Sector also includes the eastern portion of Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California, as well as the entire State of Nevada.

Area of Responsibility
The Yuma Sector patrols 126 miles of border with Mexico, between the Yuma-Pima County line in Arizona and the Imperial Sand Dunes in California. The sector has responsibility for Yuma, La Paz, and Mojave Counties in Arizona, the Eastern-most areas of Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in California, and the entire State of Nevada.

Acting Chief Patrol Agent: John J. Smietana, Jr.

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Eric M. Odden

Service Area: The Yuma Sector patrols 126 miles of border with Mexico, between the Yuma-Pima County line in Arizona and the Imperial Sand Dunes in California. The sector has responsibility for Yuma, La Paz and Mojave Counties in Arizona, the Eastern-most areas of Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in California, and the entire State of Nevada.

Sector Headquarters Location: Yuma, Arizona

Stations: Stations of the Yuma Sector are located in Yuma and Wellton, Arizona, and Blythe, California.

Contact Information: Phone Number - (928) 341-6500; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address - 4035 S. Ave. A, Yuma AZ 85365

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 Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office at (928) 341-6520.

Asset Forfeiture Office: Contact the Yuma Sector at (928) 341-6500 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.

One side of the coin symbolizes the three elements we find ourselves working in the Yuma Sector area of operation.

  • The mountains around us
  • The desert and rolling dunes
  • The river and river beds

The agent on foot is performing the part of the job, very important in Yuma, that goes back to the very first agent that ever tracked a group-Sign Cutting.

The rope around the edge is a symbol of strength through unity.

Finally, the Eagle and American flag are symbols of Pride, America's freedoms and pursuit of excellence.

The second side of the coin symbolizes the Border Patrol flag and the year the Border Patrol was officially established.

 

Front side image of Yuma Sector's Challenge Coin         Back side image of Yuma Sector's Challenge Coin