Laredo Sector Texas
Welcome to the Laredo Sector of the United States Border Patrol.
This office provides law enforcement support for the Southwest Border and Laredo.
This site provides Sector-related information, including Sector operations, Sector contact information, where our stations are located, and news.
It is a pleasure and privilege to be able to share an overview of the Laredo Sector.
The Laredo Sector is a multi-task law enforcement agency that has served the Southwest Border and Laredo since 1924. Our primary function is to enforce the immigration laws and prevent illegal entry of aliens into the country.
The Laredo Sector is an integral part of a great Border Patrol tradition and mission. We strive to partner with the community to improve the quality of life in the areas we serve. New projects, innovative ideas and a growing interaction with the communities are creating a great environment for the personnel of the Laredo Sector.
We look forward to providing you information about our initiatives and work commitment in maintaining the highest ideals and traditions of the U.S. Border Patrol legacy at the Laredo Sector.
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The U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Sector is a multi-task law enforcement agency that has served the Southwest Border and Laredo since 1924. The primary mission of the U.S. Border Patrol is to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, as well as continuing its traditional mission of preventing illegal aliens, smugglers, narcotics, and other contraband from entering the country. The Laredo Sector is responsible for 171 Southwest border miles along the Rio Grande River between Mexico and the United States. The area of responsibility stretches from the U.S./Mexico border in Texas to the Oklahoma and Arkansas state lines. Present enforcement problems vary greatly from those of the past. The primary objective has always been to prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States.
Many of the original means employed to achieve this objective are still in effect today to include linewatch and signcutting duties. Programs such as the Bike Patrol, Boat Patrol, Horse Patrol, All Terrain Vehicles and the Canines (K-9) are utilized to accomplish the mission. Technology assets including sensor systems, personal radiation detection devices, Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System, and Remote Video Surveillance Systems (RVSS) have substantially increased the efficiency of these operations.
The combination of personnel, technology, and infrastructure allows the Border Patrol the ability to establish immigration checkpoints, which facilitate legitimate trade and travel from the border into the interior of the United States. Border Patrol checkpoints serve as a secondary level of response and deterrence. Laredo Sector has six permanent checkpoints. Traffic checkpoints are a major defense against those aliens who enter illegally with the intention of seeking employment in the interior areas. In addition, the majority of narcotic smugglers are apprehended at the checkpoints or while attempting to circumvent them.
Freight Train smuggling often results in numerous deaths to aliens and serious injuries to both aliens and agents. Freight train checks have been one of the most productive operations for alien apprehensions in the Sector.
With a workforce of over 1,800 employees, the Laredo Sector is a viable economic factor providing over $80 million in salaries on an annual basis for the Sector's region. The Laredo Sector has one Sector complex and nine stations: Laredo North, Laredo South, Laredo West, Zapata, Cotulla, Hebbronville, Freer, San Antonio, and Dallas.
History of the Laredo Sector Headquarters
There have been many changes to station locations and Sector boundaries due to enforcement needs and the creation or closing of other Sectors. The first Laredo Sector headquarters was set up at the dwelling of Mortimar Hanson, who was the first Chief Patrol Inspector. This temporary arrangement lasted until the latter part of 1924 when the Headquarters Station was moved to a residential establishment on Meadow Avenue, where it remained until 1926. At that time, another residence on Poggenpohl Street was also converted. In 1944, Laredo Sector Headquarters was again moved to the old Reuthinger home on Callaghan Street until 1956, when the living quarters of the Old Fort McIntosh were used. Sector headquarters offices were located in the old hospital (in Old Fort McIntosh), where support activities, Supply Department, Radio Communications, Electronics, and Vehicle Maintenance were housed in modified structures along the reservation.
In June 1970, the Sector headquarters and the Laredo Station moved to 207 W. Del Mar Boulevard in Laredo, Texas. The Laredo Station was complete with a detention cell and a Sector Communications Center. The Sector automotive repair facility, radio repair, car wash, truck storage and indoor pistol range were located in a separate building on the premises. An indoor pistol range was never completed and the area was utilized for storage. A building on the eastern perimeter of the complex provided covered parking for 26 vehicles. It also provided a storage area and was the location of the air conditioner compressor units.
In 1997, the Sector headquarters complex was remodeled. The remodeling included additional offices, restrooms, and a lunchroom area to accommodate the increasing support staff. During the remodeling process, Sector headquarters was temporarily housed in a lease facility across Del Mar Boulevard until the project was completed.
The Laredo Sector management staff consists of Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Joel Martinez, three Division Chiefs, one Executive Officer, one ACCT Director, three Mission Readiness Directors, and seven Assistant Chief Patrol Agents.
Chief Patrol Agent: Matthew J. Hudak
Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Joel Martinez
Service Area: The Laredo Sector encompasses 116 counties and covers 101,439 square miles of southwest and northeast Texas. The Rio Grande River is both the southwest and international boundary. The Laredo Sector is situated between the Del Rio and Marfa Sectors on the west and the McAllen Sector on the southeast. The northern boundary extends to the Oklahoma border. There are approximately 171 miles of river front between the northwest point of intersection between Webb County lines and the Rio Grande and the southeast corner of Zapata County at a point on Falcon Lake near the Falcon Dam.
Sector Headquarters Location: 207 W. Del Mar Blvd., Laredo, Texas
Stations: The Laredo Sector consists of eight stations, Laredo North, Laredo South, Zapata, Hebbronville, Cotulla, Freer, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.
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. You will find additional information about careers with the Border Patrol in the Careers section of this website.
Border Community Liaison: Rafael Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org