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CBP's U.S. Border Patrol Hosts Nationwide Open Houses

Release Date: 
September 18, 2010

Washington - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's U.S. Border Patrol sectors nationwide hosted simultaneous open houses today, providing a first hand look into how the Border Patrol carries out the mission of safeguarding our nation. More than 20,000 Border Patrol agents protect 2,000 miles of our border with Mexico and 4,000 miles of our border with Canada. The U.S Border Patrol is currently recruiting qualified candidates to support the mission.

An El Paso Sector Border Patrol agent and recruiter discusses the application process with recent University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) graduate during the National Border Patrol open house and job fair Sept 18, 2010 held at the National Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Melissa M. Maraj)

An El Paso Sector Border Patrol agent and recruiter discusses the application process with recent University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) graduate during the National Border Patrol open house and job fair Sept 18, 2010 held at the National Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Melissa M. Maraj)

With the supplemental border security bill passed by Congress and signed by the President in August, $176 million has been allocated to hire 1,000 Border Patrol agents in fiscal year 2011. In addition, the Border Patrol will also need to fill 1,200 additional positions for agents lost due to normal attrition.

"These open houses are a great opportunity to connect with the community in addition to getting the word out about our hiring effort," said Director for National Recruitment John Bronkema.

Attendees to the Rio Grande Valley Sector open house line the entrance waiting to talk to recruiters.

Attendees to the Rio Grande Valley Sector open house line the entrance waiting to talk to recruiters.

Recruiters were available on-site to assist interested applicants apply for the Border Patrol agent position and answered questions about the application process. The Border Patrol agent position is an unparalleled law enforcement opportunity offering to secure our borders on roving patrols, line-watch, checkpoint operations and more. Motivated Border Patrol agents can volunteer for a diverse selection of details including: ATVs, bicycles, horseback patrols, Special Response Teams (SRT), K-9 and more.

For more information or to apply online please visit the U.S. Border Patrol recruitment Website. For other opportunities with CBP, please visit the CBP career page. CBP is an equal opportunity employer.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017