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El Cajon Station

8404 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite I
Santee, California 92071
(619) 596-6000

Area of Responsibility
The El Cajon Station is located 18 miles northeast of San Diego Sector Headquarters.  It is responsible for nearly 10 miles of international border with Mexico.  El Cajon's area of responsibility also includes 467 square miles of inland terrain immediately north of the international boundary and includes the rural border communities of Tecate, Potrero, Canyon City, and Campo.  The terrain in El Cajon's area of responsibility consists of some of the most harsh, rugged, and isolated territory in all of San Diego County's border area.  The area remains largely undeveloped with minimally maintained roads that require the use of four-wheel drive vehicles.  Through personnel, equipment, and advanced technology, we strive towards maintaining a secure border.

The El Cajon Station conducts line watch operations between the Tecate, California Port of Entry and Forrest Gate Road in Campo, California.  The El Cajon Station is also responsible for checkpoint operations along the westbound lane of Old Highway 80, approximately two miles west of Buckman Springs Road.  The El Cajon Station deploys additional resources and capabilities to assist in the border security mission, such as canine teams and all-terrain vehicles.  The El Cajon Station is an active member of San Diego’s East County community and regularly engages with the residents, businesses, and local government partners to maintain and preserve a safe community.  The El Cajon Station has a Border Community Liaison Agent to promote a sense of partnership and understanding between the Service, residents, community groups, and local businesses.  Other community relations programs include the Adopt-A-Highway Program and the El Cajon Station Explorers.

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

Last Modified: Jan 22, 2020