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Accountability and Transparency

CBP is committed to being a leader in law enforcement accountability and transparency by providing multiple ways to report incidents as well as timely, accurate and appropriate information regarding CBP-related deaths, use of force incidents and other critical incidents resulting in serious injuries. The Accountability and Transparency page provides the public with statements, policies, reports and other important information concerning critical incidents and related Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) reviews and investigations.

Statements released from previous administrations are available in the Archive.


    • Statement from CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller on the Investigation of the in-custody death of a child | Speeches and Statements

      The recent in-custody death of an eight-year-old child in our custody in Harlingen, Texas was a deeply upsetting and unacceptable tragedy. We can —and we will— do better to ensure this never happens again. 

      The CBP Office of Professional Responsibility’s (OPR) updated statement on the investigation of this May 17, 2023 death provides important new information on this tragic death that will inform our efforts to ensure that this does not happen again.

    • Update: Death in Custody of 8-Year-Old in Harlingen, Texas | Speeches and Statements

      CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) continues to investigate the tragic death of an 8-year-old girl in U.S. Border Patrol custody, which occurred on May 17 in Harlingen, Texas.

    • Tucson agents involved in fatal shooting of man, while responding to shots fired call | Speeches and Statements

      On May 18, at approximately 9:04 p.m., the US Border Patrol Tucson Sector Tactical Operations Center advised the Ajo Border Patrol Station that the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department was requesting assistance from Border Patrol agents to respond to a shots fired call west of the Menagers Dam Village. The police department requested agents meet at the local recreation center prior to responding to the location. The Ajo Border Patrol Station transmitted a request over service radio for any available units to respond at approximately 9:06 p.m.

    • Statement from CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller regarding the ongoing investigation of in-custody death | Speeches and Statements

      We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of an eight-year-old girl who was in CBP custody with her parents earlier this week. Consistent with CBP protocol, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is conducting an investigation of the incident.  

      The health and safety of individuals in our custody, our workforce, and communities we serve is paramount. To that end, we must ensure that medically fragile individuals receive the best possible care and spend the minimum amount of time possible in CBP custody. 

  • Last Modified: March 8, 2023