The present Buffalo Sector was formed with a merger of the Niagara Falls and Buffalo Sector Headquarters. The Niagara Falls Sector was established in June of 1924. It had a complement of 90 officers with stations located in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Youngstown, Rochester, Canandaigua and Oswego, New York. The Buffalo Sector was established in July of the same year, with a complement of 90 officers. Station within this sector were located in Buffalo, Athol Springs, Silver Creek, and Dunkirk, New York. Additional stations were also located in Ashtabula, Ohio, and Erie, Pennsylvania.
The present Buffalo Sector consists of Sector Headquarters and stations located in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Oswego, Rochester and Wellesley Island, New York, and Erie, Pennsylvania. The Buffalo Sector Headquarters is the operations, administrative, and support facility. The Headquarters staff coordinates training, personnel issues, and logistics. All these functions are under the supervision of the Chief Patrol Agent and his staff.
Agents of the Buffalo Sector perform a wide variety of Border Patrol activities. These include: linewatch, transportation check, traffic observation, boat patrol, and other agency assistance. Buffalo Sector places a premium on partnerships with other agencies such as the United States Coast Guard, the Pennsylvania and New York State Police, as well as the many other city, county, and local police forces within the Sector AOR. Additionally, the Sector has developed close working relationships with numerous Canadian law enforcement agencies such as the Toronto Police, and RCMP.
Buffalo Area of Responsibility
The Buffalo Sector is comprised of 29 counties, which include all of the Western parts of New York State, portions of Central and Northern New York State, and parts of Pennsylvania. The international boundary in the Buffalo Sector is composed entirely of water and consists of Lakes Erie and Ontario, the Niagara River, and the western portion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The Buffalo Sector is responsible for monitoring over 400 air miles of border that includes 36 miles of the Niagara River and 33 miles of the Saint Lawrence Seaway.