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El Cajon Station

225 Kenney Street
El Cajon, California 92020
(619) 258-4500

Area of Responsibility
The El Cajon Station is located 27 miles northeast of San Diego Sector Headquarters. It is responsible for 12.7 miles of international border with Mexico. El Cajon's area of responsibility also includes 323 square miles of inland terrain immediately north of the international boundary and includes the rural border communities of Jamul, Dulzura, Barret Junction, Tecate, and Potrero. The terrain in El Cajon's area of responsibility consists of some of the most harsh, rugged, and isolated territory in all San Diego County's border area. It remains largely undeveloped with minimally maintained roads that require the use of four wheel drive vehicles. With the addition of new agents, equipment resources, and advanced technology, we have increased border control in our area of responsibility, which has resulted in significant reductions in apprehensions compared to calendar year 1996.

The El Cajon Station conducts Linewatch operations. Extra operations include canine handlers, the Horse Patrol, and a Border Patrol Community Storefront, the first of its kind. The Storefront opened on January 29, 1997, in response to public need and to enhance our enforcement presence in the East County. This unique and innovative Border patrol enforcement tool was designed to promote a sense of partnership and understanding between the Service, residents, community groups, other law enforcement agencies, and local businesses. Other community relations programs include the Adopt-A-Highway Program and the Explorer Scouts.

For more information about the San Diego Border Patrol Sector, please check our General Information section.

Last modified: 
March 11, 2014