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.
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.
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.
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.