INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) recently deployed staff from the International Falls Port of Entry to provide additional law enforcement support to county and state law enforcement agencies dealing with flooding in the Rainy Lake basin area.
CBP Officers conducted law enforcement support to the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office and the International Falls City Police Department where CBP was able to assist with traffic control issues, ensure public safety, and provide welfare and infrastructure checks for local residents.
CBP also had several employees volunteer to work at the designated sandbagging area at the Rainer city beach parking lot. These volunteers joined forces with many others, and spent several hours filling sandbags in cold, wet, and rainy conditions. CBP was also able to provide an OFO pickup truck that was utilized to haul filled sandbags to the pallet distribution staging area.
In addition to personnel being assigned to assist, several officers offered their own time to help with the flood prevention preparations. “The willingness shown by our officers to volunteer their own time in support of these flood relief efforts is a great representation of CBP’s core values. I am very proud of the support and dedication of all the officers involved,” said Port Director Anthony “Tony” Jackson.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.