Border Patrol Academy Aims to Change Law Enforcement Culture by Reducing Number of Preventable Agent Deaths
ARTESIA, New Mexico — The United States Border Patrol Academy is committed to enhancing the safety of agents, and in an effort to help eliminate preventable line of duty deaths, has partnered with the National Below 100 Program. The Below 100 mission is to reduce preventable line-of-duty deaths to fewer than 100 per year - something that has not been seen since 1943. Below 100 highlights the real facts of how line-of-duty deaths occur across the country and what can be done to address the problem. Below 100 was designed by cops for cops and is delivered by impassioned instructors who embrace the principle of “predictable is preventable.”
In an effort to create a larger impact to the agency, the Border Patrol Academy has modified this national program and made it agency specific as the USBP Below 100 Program. This program supports eliminating preventable line-of-duty deaths and serious injuries with common sense training designed to focus on areas under an agent’s control. Led by dedicated Border Patrol Academy staff, USBP Below 100 training has been delivered to nearly all Border Patrol sectors. This program has also been implemented into the basic training program for all Border Patrol agent trainees. This effort is influencing law enforcement in general to change the cultural mindset of “this will never happen to me.”
The overall training consists of the five tenets: Wear Your Belt, Wear Your Vest, Watch Your Speed, WIN (What’s Important Now?), and Remember: Complacency Kills! The program along with a variety of other training programs work hand in hand in learning from the past, changing the present, and ensuring that we are “Honoring the Fallen by Training the Living.”
"The U.S. Border Patrol is to be commended for their outstanding commitment to improving the safety of their agents,” said Dale Stockton, Executive Director, Below 100. “We are proud to be partnered with them in this effort to ensure every agent makes it home to their family."
For more information on the National Below100 Program go to Below100.org, or for Border Patrol information on the USBP Below 100 Program or an interview request, please contact Dennis Johnson of the Border Patrol Academy Public Affairs Office at (575) 746-5760 or email at Dennis.D.Johnson@cbp.dhs.gov